food for those in solitude

As we grow to human maturity and care for the lives of others, we become creatively and beautifully silent. We evoke words from the other and generate life by our listening... The silent person is not the one who never speaks but the one who knows how to listen well.
Thomas Merton quoted in the quarterly newsletter for hermits and those interested in the eremitical life, "Raven's Bread."
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