Silence and peace have one and the same heartbeat.

Silence and peace have one and the same heartbeat. In the noise of everyday life there is always a certain agitation that is stirred up in man. Noise is never serene…How right Pascal was when he wrote in his Pensées: “All the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber.” On the merely physical level, man can find rest only in silence.

Today, in a highly technological, busy world, how can we find silence? Noise wearies us, and we get the feeling that silence has become an unreachable oasis. How many people are obliged to work in a chaos that distresses and dehumanizes them? Cities have become noisy furnaces in which even nights are not spared the assault of noise. Without noise, postmodern man falls into a dull, insistent uneasiness. He is accustomed to permanent background noise, which sickens yet reassures him. Without noise, man is feverish, lost. Noise gives him security, like a drug on which he has become dependent. With its festive appearance, noise is a whirlwind that avoids facing itself. Agitation becomes a tranquilizer, a sedative, a morphine pump, a sort of reverie, an incoherent dream-world. But this noise is a dangerous, deceptive medicine, a diabolic lie that helps man avoid confronting himself in his interior emptiness. The awakening will necessarily be brutal.

We live in a fever of movement and activity. The evil is not simply in the organization of modern life, in the haste that it imposes on what we do, the rapidity and facility that it affords our changing of place. A more profound evil is in the feverish nervousness of temperaments. People no longer know how to wait and be silent. And yet, they appear to be seeking silence and solitude; they leave familiar circles for new horizons, another atmosphere. Most often, however, this is only so as to divert themselves with fresh impressions…

Mankind must join a sort of resistance movement. What will become of our world if it does not look for intervals of silence? Interior rest and harmony can flow only from silence. Without it, life does not exist. The greatest mysteries of the world are born and unfold in silence. How does nature develop? In the greatest silence. A tree grows in silence, and springs of water flow at first in the silence of the ground. The sun that rises over the earth in its splendor and grandeur warms us in silence. What is extraordinary is always silent. In his mother’s womb, an infant grows in silence. When a newborn is sleeping in his crib, his parents love to gaze at him in silence, so as not to awaken him; this spectacle can be contemplated only in silence, in wonder at the mystery of man in his original purity.

~ Cardinal Robert Sarah, excerpts from “The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise” (April, 2017).


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Comments

  1. Grateful for the silence which abides in my life.

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  3. Beautifully said. In silence we heal and we discover our wisdom and truth. May our world not just seek this silence, but allow it in, deep within our soul and into our wounded world. 🙏🏻

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  4. A strong message, aimed, I think, at those of us who have no silence in our daily lives. Yet, when we set aside time to pause and be quiet it becomes a refuge that takes not effort at all.
    We can’t continue to make the same choices every day and expect it to happen by itself. Only with conscious awareness and a willingness to change, will it ever happen 💕

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  5. I think that’s why every now and then we run wild to the nearest woods or beach of desert and just sit and absorb its silence. Great post my friend.

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    • Yes, exactly Claudia. Your thoughts remind me of:

      The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.

      ~ Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

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  6. I cherish the few moments throughout the day when I can be with silence. Like early in the morning when I have my cup of tea or late at night when everyone else has slept. In fact, I have also learnt to identify specific times in my office when there is a lull over conversations and I take a moment to take in the peace

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  7. I love my little apartment. I’ve worked hard to make it an oasis. But I can’t change the traffic noise outside my windows, (I’m on a busy corner), or the 3 neighbor dogs that bark day & night, or the joyful kids playing who love to scream. Is it enough noise-distress to move? I don’t know.

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