thank you to every one for their responses.
I will try and find if St Bruno’s writing’s are available in book form as I suspect you may be right Dorothy, and the quote may come from him.
Interesting discussion in the posts above.
The quotation resonated with me in a slightly different way:
“Behold the silence: allow the Lord to speak one word in us, that He is”
I’m in a bit of an arid phase at the moment.
So for me the “silence” in the quotation is perhaps a negative quality- ie the silence in my heart (where previously a burning sense of faith was)- as opposed to the silence of contemplative prayer.
And so the remainder of the quotation is very hopeful to me- ie I read it as :
if I would only faithfully contemplate the reality of God’s existence, the enormity of the reality “that He is” will prevail.
The use of the word “allow” in the quotation is interesting- it implies that there needs to be an act of will. Sometimes faith is an act of will.
T S Eliot writes beautifully about this in The Dry Salvages, contrasting the moments when he apprehend the reality of God with the much more prevelant experience he encountered of spiritual dryness and commending:
“and the rest is prayer, observance, discipline, thought and action”
Alternatively I do see now that the “allow” is the opening of the door caused by willed silence within ourselves in the contemplative tradition noted by other posters in this thread. Ie, if we are quiet God will speak in our hearts?
I havent explained it very well, but in essence I think the quotation also speaks very powerfully to those struggling with faith or encountering “arid times”.
As noted above I suspect that I have misread the quote from its original intention, but it resonates for me in this way nevertheless at the moment