I have been woefully neglecting my thought for the day bit in lieu of gargantuan other postings, which I am going to try to tone down and maybe break up into sections.
OK, enough rambling. Today's thought for the days comes courtesy of my friends at the monastery in Boston. It is a reading from the 27th Chapter of The Rule of the Society of St. John the Evangelist. (And no, Kyle, it's not a fake monastery...)
"Our ministries demand silence for their integrity, in particular our speaking to others and our listening to them in Christ's name. Without silence words become empty. Without silence our hearts would find the burdens, the secrets, and the pain of those we seek to help intolerable and overwhelming. And our ethos of silence is itself a healing gift to those who come to us seeking newness of life."
-Rule of the SSJE, Chapter 27 "On Silence," pg 55.