Spirituality and the Gentle Life

Cooperation with the grace of gentility

My human attempt to live the gentle life is my promise of cooperation with the grace of gentility once it touches my lífe. My attempt to grow in gentility may tempt me to forget that its outcome is only provisional, a shadow of thíngs to come — the real thing being the divine gentleness of soul that is a pure gift of the Holy.

~ from SPIRITUALITY AND THE GENTLE LIFE by Adrian Van Kaam
Spirituality and the gentle life
By Adrian L Van Kaam

The night of inner quiet

A hindrance to the fullness of Divine Presence is the lack of silence. The Word comes only in a deeper way when peaceful silence encompasses everything. I may refuse to enter into the night of inner quiet, of non-resistance to the Divine. Then my life is doomed to remain parched and lifeless -- a wasteland. Silence is a gentler rhythm of speaking out and keeping still. The cultivation of silence belongs to the gentle style of life.

~ from SPIRITUALITY AND THE GENTLE LIFE by Adrian van Kaam
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