Quote for the Day

Then you should readily and trustfully commit yourself and all that concerns you to the unfailing and most sure Providence of God, in silence and peace. He Himself will fight for you, and will grant you a liberty and consolation better, nobler, and sweeter than would be possible if you gave yourself up day and night to your fancies, to vain and wandering thoughts, which hold captive the mind, as they toss it  hither and thither, wearying soul and body, and wasting uselessly alike your time and strength.
Accept all things, whatsoever their cause, silently and with a tranquil mind, as coming to you from the fatherly hand of Divine Providence.

 — Albert the Great, On Union with God

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Christine Anderson

    Thank you so much for this quote. Tears and gratitude. These are God’s words for me today. So deeply grateful that you passed them along.

  • Elizabeth

    which is exactly how victims of clergy and domestic abuse were shamed into silence for generations

  • Jim Powell

    Thanks, Carl. This is my initial visit to your web site. I’ll be back.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

    Elizabeth, I suppose you and I read this text in quite different ways. I see it as a text about the serenity of meditation, where “silence and peace” are embraced as an alternative to the “vain and wandering thoughts” of an unruly mind — what Buddhists call the “monkey mind.” Nowhere in this text do I see any instruction, explicit or implicit, to acquiesce to abuse or to submit to corrupt authority. Now, perhaps texts like this have been misused to try to silence those who have been abused. But I think it’s unproductive and unfair to blame a text for the way it gets misused — that would be like saying the entire internet is evil because some people use it to distribute obscenity.