Thomas Merton claims that silence is our admission that we have broken communication with God and are now willing to listen.
From today’s lectionary (BCP)
I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
131:1 O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.