THE LADDER OF SILENCE
The ladder of silence consists of seven steps.
The first step is habitual prayer.
The second step is to speak only when necessary, whatever necessary, to the extent possible.
The third step is to reduce the noise of our external world under our control to a practicable minimum.
The fourth step is to grow in constant conversation with God and thereby to deepen our union with him.
The fifth step is to speak out against injustice and oppression.
The sixth step is to keep silent in the face of insult or injury.
The seventh step is to imitate Christ in his suffering and death on the cross.
Originally published in The Montréal Review (March 2017)
|Dead Christ (c. 1480) by Andrea Mantegna|