Lady of Silence (Fr. Ignacio Larrañaga)
Mother of silence and humility,
you who are lost and found
in the mystery of the Lord.
You are availability and receptivity.
You are fertility and plenitude.
You are attention and tender care
You are clothed in fortitude.
and spiritual elegance are alive in you.
You are your own mistress
before being our lady.
There is no dispersal in you.
in a simple and total act,
your motionless soul
is identified with the Lord.
You are in God and God is on you.
Total mystery encompasses
and penetrates you,
possesses, dwells in,
and integrates your whole being.
It seems as if everything
has remained motionless in you,
has been identified with you:
time, space, word,
music, silence, woman, God.
Everything in you seems
to have been assumed and deified.
No one has ever seen
such a gentle human image,
and no one will ever see on earth
a woman interceding so lovingly.
your silence is not absence but presence.
You are lost in the Lord,
and at the same time,
attentive to al of us, as in Cana.
Never is communication so profound
as when no word is uttered,
and never is silence as eoquent
as when nothing is said.
Make us understand that silence
is not a lack of interest in others,
but a radiant source of energy
and to overflow
one must be filled.
The word drowns
in the sea of dispersion,
and it is impossible to love one’s brethren
with a dispersed heart.
Make us understand that,
as apostles, we must ove silence,
but that silence without acts of mercy is nothing but comfort.
Cover us with the cloak of your silence,
and give us the strength of your faith,
the heights of your hope,
the depth of your love.
remain with those who stay,
and go with those who leave.
Oh admirable Mother of silence!