The quality of your silence and your solitude
will be more important than everything you do.
–Beverly Lanzetta, The Mystic Path: Mysticism as a Universal Archetype, 2016
“Contemplation cannot construct a new world by itself. It does not feed the hungry or clothe the naked, but without contemplation, we cannot see what we do in the apostolate. Without contemplation we cannot understand the significance of the world in which we must act. Without contemplation we remain small, limited, divided and partial. Without contemplation without the intimate silent secret pursuit of truth through love our action loses itself in the world and can become dangerous.”
–Thomas Merton, cited in Lawrence Cunningham, Thomas Merton and the Monastic Vision, page 209.