I love these words because they do not equate silence with inactivity. Indeed, in Island of the World Josip was active. He was active in the service of others through the giving of himself and prayer. Reading the book I found myself wanting so much more for him than he seemed to desire for himself. And, in this way, I was and am confronted with my desire to be "something," to be heard, to be seen, etc. Let these words pour over you and invade your mind. Let them conquer your pride.
Seek nothing for yourself.
Stand ready to serve in quietness,
demanding nothing, expecting nothing,
sacrificing and praying without anyone knowing.
"Let the wise show his wisdom, not in words, but in good deeds;
let him that is humble not bear witness to himself, but leave another to bear witness to him"
(1 Clement 38:2).