Sanctity’s Mother Tongue: An Examination On Silence And Use Of The Gift Of Speech (Sr. Mary Koehler)

Sanctity’s Mother Tongue: An Examination On Silence And Use Of The Gift Of Speech (Sr. Mary Koehler)

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Sanctity’s Mother Tongue, An Examination On Silence and Use of the Gift of Speech by Sister Mary Cecilia Koehler.
Mother Cecilia Koehler, superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Paola from 1944 to 1956, wrote a small meditation booklet titled Sanctity’s Mother Tongue: An Examination on Silence and Use of the Gift of Speech. This booklet contains 31 meditations to be read as a daily examination of conscience regarding silence and speech in the community. Mother Cecilia writes in her introduction, “We live in very noisy and distracted times. For the religious who sees the goal of her vocation as a close and loving union with her Divine Spouse, this life of ever increasing speed, of radio and video, in a world where everything seems to be designed to keep the mind from reflection, even of the simplest kind, all this with the pressure of work that is never done, forms an almost insurmountable barrier to the attainment of her ideals. But let us not lose heart.

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