A Guide to the Interior Life

“Silence is an indispensable condition for keeping things and pondering them in one’s heart. Profundity of thought can only develop in a climate of silence. Too much chatter exhausts our inner strength; it dissipates everything of any value in our heart, which becomes like a bottle of perfume left open for a long time: only water remains, which a slight touch of its former fragrance. This double silence, interior and exterior, is expressed in a word often used in spiritual books, the word recollection. Without recollection, there can be no interior life.”

–Father Federico Suarez, Mary of Nazareth

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