RULE OF SILENCE
order to receive the graces of the days of the Exercises, silence both
interior and exterior is necessary. That is why Manresa insists on the rule of
is cherished by the Men of Manresa because it brings a welcome, smoothing relief
from the stresses and strains of public life. Its therapeutic value gradually
reveals itself in deep tranquility where I may hear the Gods word. Silence is
not a penance nor is it something I do for God, but it is something I can do for
myself so that I may be present to God who is always present to me.
is the servant of the retreat. It enables us to make contact with our innermost
self and thus satisfy our anxious quest for self-intently.
It also enables us to explore more deeply the purpose of life and examine
more closely our fundamental orientations and to tap deep resources of human
power, which each one has, but seldom uses.
Christian is not only a man for others, he must also be his own man
and a man of God. To
maintain this balance he must have time for solitude as well as time for
community, time for withdrawal as well as time for involvement. Too much
community depersonalizes; too much solitude leads to sterile loneliness.
important of all, silence is necessary for prayer. Its provides the climate of
interior stillness in which Gods voice can be heard. Abstaining from dialogue
with others unleashes the easy, spontaneous communication with God, which is
prayer. Small wonder that at Manresa, Silence is the Golden Rule.