A Quiet Place to Keep the Darkness at Bay

And what is most marvelous to behold is that, in this prayerful, quiet, pre-modern atmosphere, even with the threat of imminent death constantly looming, a generous and mutually self-sacrificing family flourishes. The parents care for and protect their children, and the remaining brother and sister are solicitous toward one another and toward their parents. The […]

If Man Wants to Imitate Christ

196 Christ’s public life is rooted in and supported by the silent prayer of his hidden life…. If man wants to imitate Christ, it is enough for him to observe his silences. + The virtue of silence does not mean that we must never speak. It invites us to remain mute when there are no […]

Crux, Hostia, et Virgo

There is nothing littler, meeker, or more silent than Christ present in the Host. This little piece of bread embodies the humility and perfect silence of God, his tenderness and his love for us. If we want to grow and to be filled with the love of God, it is necessary to plant our family […]

Silence is the love of the one Word.

135. In The Way of the Heart, Henri Nouwen…writes: … Sometimes it seems that our many words are more an expression of our doubt than of our faith. It is as if we are not sure that God’s Spirit can touch the hearts of people: we have to help him out and, with many words, […]

Mother Teresa, Prayer, and Acts of Charity

55. I remember the strong, distressing words of Mother Teresa to a young priest, Angelo Comastri, who today is a cardinal archpriest of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In his book Dio scrive dritto, there are magnificent passages. Here is his account of that upsetting encounter with the saint… The Sister went away for a […]

One Remedy For All the Ills of the Modern World

134. Days of solitude, silence, and fasting, nourished by the Word of God alone, allow man to base his life on what is essential. —from The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah, Pt. 1: Silence Versus the World’s Noise   But we need to hear that silence. We need […]

Silence and Patience

______________________________________________________ 297 There is no genuine action or major decision except in the silence of the prayer that precedes them. 298 Today the danger lies in the unbridled activism of the modern world. We are always called to fight, to comb the countryside, to overthrow our adversaries, and to destroy them. Indeed, man is driven […]