“A frantic stream of words flows from us because we are in a constant process of adjusting our public image. We fear so deeply what we think other people see in us that we talk in order to straighten out their understanding. If I have done some wrong thing (or even some right thing that I think you may misunderstand) and discover that you know about it, I will be very tempted to help you understand my action. Silence is one of the deepest Disciplines of the Spirit simply because it puts the stopper on all self-justification.
“One of the fruits of silence is the freedom to let God be our justifier. We don’t need to straighten others out.”
-Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline, p.101
“Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes, and Pilate asked him, ‘Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?’ But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.” (Mark 15:3-5)