Finding interior silence

Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) was one of the great mystics of the early 20th Century. She said at a retreat address (published posthumously), “Most of us are bitterly conscious of the extent in which we are at the mercy of our surroundings, which grow ever more and more insistent in their pressure, their demands on our attention and time; less and less suggestive of reality, of God.  Our prayers become more and more like supernatural shopping lists, less like the conversations between one friend and another which is the ideal of Thomas a Kempis.  So we gradually forget what interior silence is like, and seldom enter the interior world.”  We need to as Catholic Christians find our “interior silence” and find our Triune Lord there!

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