The wise tell us that God abides in silence — that God speaks in the silent serenity of the heart. Let us not speak of silence: rather, let silence speak to us of God. Together let us enter through the door of serenity the silence of our hearts. The chatter of our fears, our anger, our anxieties — the chatter of our desires and curiosity, of our projected plans and unfinished work — falls away in serenity and makes space, an open space, for a new heart, created in the silence of prayer, created in the prayer of silence. A heart that is free, peaceful, quiet, and calm; a heart that is one — a heart so large and wide that it embraces the God of all and the all of God. The God who in silence speaks all languages, the God who in silence speaks in all creatures, the God who in silence speaks one word, the God who speaks of love.The Benedictine Foundation of the State of Vermont, Inc.