Blog by Associate Colette Parker

I’m going to sit this right here:

“Sometimes, you have to stay silent, because no words can explain what’s going on in your heart and mind.”

Let that sink in:

“Sometimes, you have to stay silent, because no words can explain what’s going on in your heart and mind.”

Understand one thing — this is not the “silence is complicity” silence. This is the silence that is necessary if you want to keep that card that allows you to walk in both worlds.

Some of you – who are probably not reading this – have no idea what I am talking about. But those of you who do, please stay with me.

During the past several weeks, I have been tested by a number of people who apparently think (operative word) that they know more about what I do than I do. This can be very distressing, especially when I understand that they only see a small glimpse of my world.

Probably what troubles me the most is that I wonder if there is something about me that speaks to this idea that something within me is lacking?

So, today I pay homage to my two strong parents who taught me that the world may not accept me for who I am, but that I am enough!


“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”
― Alice Walker

Posted in Associate Blog


  1. Knowing the small part of you that I know I would be inclined to say that you are Not the one who has something lacking within!!

    Your parents deserve homage for the wonderful message they gave to you! Thank you for being here with us!

  2. Thank you, Colette, for your wonderful and very thought provoking blog yesterday. You are certainly more than enough in the insightful and compassionate way that you relate to everyone- allowing others to grow. You are a true blessing to all Associates.

  3. This morning I read a comment by a 6 year old who was kayaking with her mother: “If we could row together, we could get there faster.”

  4. Dear Colette,
    I do so enjoy reading your blog… and your sharing has helped me gain some insights in places I might not have considered. Please keep listening to the wisdom of your parents, and to God. AND: please keep sharing the wisdom God wants you to share!

    Peace and Blessings!

  5. Thank you, Colette. Sad thing is, people like this are probably not aware of their arrogance. As Montesino et al would say, “BY WHAT RIGHT???”

  6. Thank you, Colette, for your words of wisdom on Silence-the good and the bad. I often speak before I thoroughly understand a situation. Learning to accept the Grace of Silence is something I must continually focus on. My input is sometimes taken as being negative because I don’t take the time necessary to utilize my brain and my heart before speaking. I am a work in progress and need to remember that. Thank the Lord that He has the patience for me to accept the many Graces that are offered to me. I have had the opportunity to talk with you and pray others will “walk in your shoes” before they say things that are untrue and hurtful. God Bless You.

  7. I am a mental health counselor of 45 years and a Dominican at heart, this is both true and beautiful and needed today. God’s continued blessing on your anointed preaching.

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