St. Ignatius of Antioch had this to say in his letter to the Ephesians:
“It is better to be a Christian without saying so than to proclaim you are without living it. It is a good thing to teach, if you practice what you teach.”
Reminds me of what the bishop says to the newly ordained deacon:
“Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you now are. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.”
St. Ignatius also says that those who possess the word of Jesus in them are best able to understand Jesus in silence. Jesus’ word works in the world; silence in our lives allows us to know him and his word.
A reminder to all deacons to preach the Word so it does its work in the world, but also to take in silence so as to get to know the Word that is preached.