"In the beautiful words of the poet, Blessed Robert Southwell, SJ, 'Not where I breathe do I love, but where I love." This is the essential message of Christianity. '...as long as we love one another God will live in us and his love will be complete in us' (1 John 4:12). True love brings about a unique form of communication that unfolds in silence and solitude, an aloneness with God as the Alone who destroys all loneliness and brings us into the eternal community of divine love. Such love spans all distances of space and even time. In silence and solitude we can be present in love to all our loved ones wherever they may be.
"Deep down at the core of our being there is in all of us a primordial silence. It is the spaceless space within, where God silently whispers to us, 'Pay attention, come to me; listen, and your soul will live' (Is 55:3). Our response should be similar to Elijah's gentle listening and quiet surrender to God, 'Enough for me to keep my soul tranquil and quiet like a child in its mother's arms, as content as a child that has been weaned' (Ps 131:2). We need to discipline ourselves to calm the troubled waters of our heart. When we become centered on loving God, we return to the beginning of all time when God spoke His Word in silence and all things came forth.'
~ George Maloney, SJ
The Silence of Surrendering Love