Silence is the language God speaks and everything else is a bad translation.

I like this quote.

I discovered it in Ian Cron’s book  Jesus, My Father and the CIA.  He attributed to Mother Teresa. When I tried to confirm the source this morning (after I had already published this, attributing it to Mother Teresa), I found it attributed to Thomas Keating, John B. O’Reilly, Eckhardt Tolle and Rumi as well.  Fr. Keating looks to be the most likely source, but I’m not sure.

Anybody out there know?

In any event, it seems to me to be a thought worthy of some reflection.

4 comments on “Silence

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    mother teresa is one of my favorite wise people, but i’d have no idea who to attribute that one to.

    thanks for stopping in today and leaving a comment! blessings to you and yours!


    • Bill says:

      I’m pretty sure it comes from Fr. Keating’s book Centered Prayer. Mother Teresa likely quoted it in something she wrote, which I suspect is where Ian Cron found it. It’s possible that Fr. Keating adapted it from Rumi. In any event, it’s worth pondering I think.


  2. Bob Braxton says:

    J J Cale, 74
    playing nights
    looking for
    a day job
    without a
    lived for years
    3 ‘After Midnight’
    quiet vocals
    backed up subtle
    musician I
    never was an


    • Bill says:

      I was sorry to hear about the passing of JJ Cale. I was impressed by how he chose to live. I remember reading many years ago that the was content to live quietly on his farm, supported by the royalties from “After Midnight,” “Cocaine” and “They Call Me the Breeze.” He didn’t seem to care for the spotlight or trappings of fame. And he was a fine guitar player. May he rest in peace.


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