Tag: silence

In Silence and Prayer

From Robert Cardinal Sarah in The Power of Silence: 344. I had this wonderful, rich experience with Brother Vincent-Marie of the Resurrection, who belonged to the community of canons regular in Lagrasse. Stricken by multiple sclerosis, he gradually lost his faculties of speech and movement. Despite that painful situation, Brother Vincent remained serene, joyful, and patient. All our meetings unfolded…

From Rebellion to Rebellion

This excerpt from The Power of Silence by Robert Cardinal Sarah seems timely: 335. Media society moves from sentimental rebellion to moral rebellion, like a desperate Sisyphus figure ceaselessly climbing the mountain. It demands its rebellion, its hatred of what it idiosyncratically defines as unjust and unfair, proud of its correct opinions, which are, however, the most pretentious ideas we…

Field Hospital or Church?

One of of Nicolas Diat’s questions for Robert Cardinal Sarah in The Power of Silence is, “In order to confront the misfortunes of the world, Pope Francis calls the Church to be a “field hospital”. How can this image be interpreted in terms of our present reflection on silence?” First off, their “present reflection on silence” has to do with…

How Do I Quiet My Soul?

This morning, I managed to find enough silence to pick up The Power of Silence by Robert Cardinal Sarah and Nicolas Diat and read about half-a-dozen pages. The Cardinal’s words remind of Sister Wendy Beckett’s and once again, I’m left asking myself, “How do I do this? Do I even dare?” The passage I’m about to share does a good…

Leave No Trace

As soon as I finished Diane Ackerman’s Natural History of Love, I picked up The Power of Silence by Robert Cardinal Sarah and Nicolas Diat. Bridget had bought me a copy for Mother’s Day (she’s very thoughtful), and I’ve been looking forward to reading it. After Ackerman’s section on Religious Love, though, I found that I couldn’t get to Cardinal…

Honestly

Today is the memorial of The Most Holy Name of Jesus. It is a name we hear all too often: in anger, in derision, in disrespect, in creating a false idol that has nothing to do with the Son of God. When will we learn? Today’s Meditation in Magnificat comes from Boston College professor of philosophy Peter Kreeft: Perhaps the…