"Persevere, work at reducing your faculties to a unity, to the simplicity of silence. In the silence, it will not be long before you are visited by God. He came to Elisha on Horeb at a moment of such silence that the murmuring of the slightest breeze could be heard. When the Lord wants to raise a soul to contemplation, he obliges all its faculties to be silent, so as to commit itself to him alone. Stop bothering with yourself. When you no longer listen to nature's complaints, when you refuse to give a hearing to all anxiety, to all desire but that of love, when you become indifferent to your earthly lot, when you hardly think about yourself either for good or ill and no longer care about the approval of others; when, in a word, you have habitually lost sight of self, you will have penetrated the silent Holy of Holies, the inviolable sanctuary of your soul where God resides and whither he invites you. Of you, as of Moses, he will say:
"'He is in charge of my whole household.
I speak to him face to face, plainly and not in riddles,
and he sees Yahweh's glory'"
~ Numbers 12:8
~ A Monk
The Hermitage Within