An Advent gift of silence

A few years ago, our family spent three days at Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon. We found ourselves drawn in by the beauty of the monks praying the Liturgy of the Hours in that magnificent church. Possibly the most pleasant was Night Prayer as the monks finished their prayers singing the Salve Regina before a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child.

Orando cuando Dios calla

La oración es un diálogo con Dios, un “compartir de cerca entre amigos”, dijera Sta. Teresa de Jesús. Abrimos nuestros corazones a Dios y dependemos de su respuesta. Nuestra existencia misma depende de la Palabra de Dios, por la cual “todo fue creado” (Juan 1,3). ¿Qué hacer entonces cuando nuestras peticiones más urgentes no reciben respuesta? ¿Cómo orar cuando Dios calla?

Silence and the meaning of the Mass

Cardinal Robert Sarah’s recent book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise explores a number of themes both theological and spiritual, all centering around the unhappy role that noise has come to play in our culture and more specifically in the church. His observations are most trenchant in regard to the liturgy, which should come as no great surprise, given his role as head of the Vatican congregation devoted to liturgy and sacraments. As I read the sections of his book dealing with the importance of silence during Mass, I often found myself nodding vigorously.

The need for silence

The Belgian spiritual writer Bieke Vandekerckhove comes by her wisdom honestly. She didn’t learn what she shares from a book or even primarily from the good example of others. She learned what she shares through the crucible of a unique suffering, being hit at the tender age of 19 with a terminal disease that promised not just an early death but also a complete breakdown and humiliation of her body en route to that death.

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