Chapter 7 - Ninth Step of Humility

The ninth step of humility is that we control our tongues and remain silent, not speaking unless asked a question, for scripture warns, “In a flood of words you will not avoid sinning (Prv. 10:10:19),” and, “A talkative person goes about aimlessly on earth (Ps 140:12). (RB 7:56-58)

The spiritual journey that Benedict describes is not advocating absolute silence; he hopes that speech will be offered for good teaching, sound advice and positive affirmation. Benedict reverences silence as a way of being attentive to the Word of God. Listen!