This photo of the Archabbey Basilica was taken at Sunset by Br. Max.
The life of a Monk is about cultivating an interior silence, for the land of silence is our means of surrender. The peacefulness, stillness and silence captured in this photograph reminds me of a passage from Into the Silent Land by Martin Laird:
St. John of the Cross said, "Our greatest need is to be silent before this Great God, ... for the only language he hears is the silent language of love". Silence is an urgent necessity for us; silence is necessary if we are to hear God speaking in eternal silence; our own silence is necessary if God is to hear us. Silence is necessary because, as Maggie Ross boldly puts it, "Salvation is about silence."