When I wrote “The Grace of Our Quietness” and posted it earlier this week, I felt that I had veered off course from the series on “A Contemplative Life.”As I thought about the grace of our quietness, I realized that it is applicable in many areas of life. Not only should we extend the grace of our quietness by not repeating what we’ve heard about another person, but we should also extend it when someone needs a friend, a shoulder, an ear to listen, a heart to care. They may not need our opinions or comments, but they could use our support and quiet presence.
The grace of our quietness dovetails perfectly with our thoughts on A Contemplative Life. Just as we extend the grace of quietness to others, we should extend it to ourselves. if we are going to lead a more contemplative life, we must find times when we can be quiet. To “be still and know.” After all, contemplation requires quietness.
The grace of our quietness, extended to ourselves, moves us to a more contemplative life.