Lack of silence in contemporary society is making many people’s lives more agitated and at times convulsed. Some people are no longer able to stay long in silence. Most young people, who are already born in this state, seem to fill every empty moment with music and images, almost afraid to feel, in fact, this void. Without realizing it, people are immersed in a virtual dimension, because of the audio-visual messages that accompany their life from morning to evening.” — Pope Benedict XVI
Advent is a season that should be marked by greater silence. While it seems obvious that time spent in silence should be used for prayer, I also strongly recommend spending time in silence with a spouse, a friend, a child. Try it, it’s extremely powerful.
Here by silence, I mean freedom from noise for the sake of an increased capacity to receive and perceive. Or, as Deacon Jim Keating describes it, “silence is the diminishment of interference between ourselves and…”
So many “…” in our lives.
Silence heightens our awareness.
Silence prepares us to become better listeners.
Silence opens up in us an inner space for greater clarity of thought and creativity.
Silence permits the deep inner world of the mind, that often hides in dark shadows, to surface and come into the light.
Silence allows us to fashion and discover our true center within.
Silence exposes our attachments so we can act in freedom.
Silence grants our weary souls rest.
But make no mistake, the one who pursues silence will find himself at war with a world of noise, within and without.
To achieve inner silence requires great effort and resolve, planning and patience, accountability and long-suffering perseverance.
But the fruits.