The desert father Ammonas, a disciple of St. Anthony writes:

I have shown you the power of silence,
how thoroughly it heals and how fully pleasing it is to God…
know that it is by silence that the saints grew,
that it was because of silence that the power of God dwelt in them,
because of silence that the mysteries of God were known to them.

“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.”    Mark 1:35

Mother Teresa of Calcutta said:

…to be able to pray we need silence
silence of the heart.
The soul needs time to go away and pray
to use the mouth
to use the eyes
to use the whole body.
And if we don’t have that silence
then we don’t know how to pray.

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