My dear Father, listen well.

I also recommend to you to be a great lover of holy prayer and to imitate Saint Teresa with habitual, deep recollection and interior solitude. All this will happen easily if you willingly stay in your cell and be very observant of silence, fleeing all occasion of talking. Oh! how much I recommend this holy silence, taught by all the saints! My dear Father, listen well. If you wish to live a blameless life, be in a holy silence as much as you can. “The silence which the clay shows the potter, show that to your Maker.” That is the golden saying of Saint John Chrysostom.  (Letter of St. Paul of the Cross to a Newly Ordained Priest, 12th December 1765 #1578)

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