There are a couple of places in the bible where God is experienced as a tiny whisper. There occurences have silence and solitude in common. At a monastery it is easy to find silence and solitude, in the cell of my room. Where will I find it when I am not in the monastery, but live in the more normal world. It may not always be in my room. It depends on how much noise comes through the walls. I try to find a place, wherever I live, where I can find silence and solitude. In Vero Beach, Florida, where I winter, it is by the swimming pool of our Paulist house. No one seems to use the pool very much. Though I may suffer some deprivations in the monastery, I try to make up for it when I am not here. Where is the cell in your life? Do you hunger for silence and solitude?