There is another kind of silence to be cultivated, beside...

There is another kind of silence to be cultivated, beside that of the tongue as regards others. I mean silence as regards one's self—restraining the imagination. Be sure that you have made no small progress in the spiritual life, when you can control your imagination so as to fix it on the duty and occupation actually existing to the exclusion of the crowd of thoughts which are perpetually sweeping the mind. If you cannot prevent those thoughts from arising, you can prevent yourself from dwelling on them; you can check the self-complacency, or irritation, or earthly longings which feed them, and by the practice of such control you will attain that spirit of inward silence which draws the soul into a closer intercourse with God.

Jean N. Grou.

September 25, 1909

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