On Silence, Nouwen
It is a good discipline to wonder in each new situation if people wouldn’t be better served by our silence than our words.
But having acknowledged this, a more important message from the desert is that silence is above all a quality of the heart that can stay with us even in our conversation with others. It is a portable cell we carry with us where ever we go.
From it we speak to those in need and to it we return after our words have born fruit.
Nouwen, Henri J. M. The Way of the Heart: Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry. New York: Seabury, 1981. Print.