Words can only create communion & thus new life when they embody the silence from which they emerge. As soon as we begin to take hold of each other by our words, &Β use words to defend ourselves or offend others, the word no longer speaks of silence. But when the word calls for the healing & restoring stillness of its own silence, few words are needed: much can be said without much being spoken.
-Henri Nouwen, The Way of The Heart