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The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Cardinal Robert Sarah

As soon as I heard about this book I wanted to start reading it but had to await publication of the English translation. Cardinal Sarah is one of three prominent prelates today I most admire. He considers himself a disciple of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and dedicated this book to him. I share the Cardinal’s affection for our former pontiff and miss his quiet soothing ways.

From the very first page I was swept up in this book. It is a series of reflections on silence, solitude, prayer, and encountering God within, Cardinal Sarah’s own reflections as well as those from Carthusian, Carmelite, Trappist and other contemplative religious traditions. They are simple and profound. Some will surprise you and others you will swear you have thought/heard yourself in the quiet corners of your mind.
… At the beginning it takes an effort to be quiet, but if we are faithful, little by little, something is born of our silence that attracts us to more silence.” We know that this “something”, whose contours I could not define, is in reality “Someone” who draws us more and more into his mystery.

The major obstacle, generally, comes from our tendency to stand still as long as we have a system that works. Our heart, accustomed to a certain relationship with God, is reluctant to change in order to enter into a new relationship; nevertheless the Lord is impatient to make progress. Then he goes on ahead in order to oblige us to set out again on the road.”

On the subject of evil and suffering:

Before leaving for the gas chamber, a Jew wrote on a slip of paper: “Lord, remember also the men of ill will, but do not remember then their cruelties. Remember the fruits that we have borne because of what they did. And grant Lord, that the fruits that we have borne may one day be their redemption.” … It is urgent for the modern world to regain a faith perspective. Otherwise mankind is headed for destruction. The Church cannot confine herself to a merely social vision. Charity has a spiritual meaning. Charity is closely related to God’s silence.
There are so many other quotes I would like to include; maybe later on the author’s page.

In places, the book is a back-and-forth dialogue between Nicholas Diat and Cardinal Sarah. The final chapter includes Dom Dysmus De Lassus of the Carthusian Order in their discussion; his perspective is rich.

I have tried to read Cardinal Sarah’s book slowly, savoring each thought, but usually I got greedy and started to gobble them wanting more and more. That is how I finished it so quickly. I don’t recommend that.

You could easily start this book and never finish it … just reading each reflection and pondering the wisdom in the Silence of God. Well maybe not easily, but certainly profitably. I read most of this in front of the Blessed Sacrament where the Silence is most profound and sublime.

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Cardinal Robert Sarah

The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise

In a time when technology penetrates our lives in so many ways and materialism exerts such a powerful influence over us, Cardinal Robert Sarah presents a bold book about the strength of silence. The modern world generates so much noise, he says, that seeking moments of silence has become both harder and more necessary than ever before. Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine, explains the cardinal in this profound conversation with Nicolas Diat. Within the hushed and hallowed walls of the La Grande Chartreux, the famous Carthusian monastery in the French Alps, Cardinal Sarah addresses the following questions: Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, or love? Do not wisdom, artistic vision, and devotion spring from silence, where the voice of God is heard in the depths of the human heart?

The modern world has a curious way of stripping something away and then selling it back to us at a premium. Or, to put it another way, of transforming formerly public goods into a private luxuries. Take darkness, for example. Over the course of one hundred years or so we conquered the night and banished the starry hosts. Only recently have we discovered that if we now want to experience natural darkness and behold the Milky Way we might have to pay for it.

To download the afterword click h ere. In a time when technology penetrates our lives in so many ways and materialism exerts such a powerful influence over us, Cardinal Robert Sarah presents a bold book about the strength of silence. The modern world generates so much noise, he says, that seeking moments of silence has become both harder and more necessary than ever before. Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine, explains the cardinal in this profound conversation with Nicolas Diat. Within the hushed and hallowed walls of the La Grande Chartreux, the famous Carthusian monastery in the French Alps, Cardinal Sarah addresses the following questions: Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, or love? Do not wisdom, artistic vision, and devotion spring from silence, where the voice of God is heard in the depths of the human heart?

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Without silence, there is no prayer; and without prayer, there is no supernatural life in God. Postmodern man seeks to anesthetize his own atheism., It is an extraordinary book, born of theological scholarship and an innate understanding of contemplation, as well as being almost paradoxical in its requirement of words to describe the importance of silence in the Christian life.

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