In the elevator used every morning by Pope Francis, an icon of Our Lady of Silence can be found. This Icon was made by the religious of Lake Orta, Italy.
Along with my delight in discovering this beautiful icon, is Cardinal Sarah’s words on the power of silence.
The following are some of my favorite quotes from Cardinal Sarah’s book, “The Power of Silence against the Dictatorship of Noise.”
“Noise is a deceptive, addictive, and false tranquilizer. The tragedy of our world is never better summed up than in the fury of senseless noise that stubbornly hates silence. This age detests the things that silence brings us to: encounter, wonder, and kneeling before God” (56).
“Nestling in silence against the heart of God, with the open Bible over our head like the wings of the Holy Spirit, is still the best antidote, the one thing necessary to chase away from our interior territory all that is useless, superfluous, worldly, and even our own self” (74).
“Without silence, God disappears in the noise. And this noise becomes all the more obsessive because God is absent. Unless the world rediscovers silence, it is lost. The earth then rushes into nothingness” (80).
“There is no place on earth where God is more present than in the human heart. This heart truly is God’s abode, the temple of silence… The Father waits for his children in their own hearts” (23).
“If our “interior cell phone” is always busy because we are “having a conversation” with other creatures, how can the Creator reach us, how can he “call us”?” (144).
May our Lord inspire us all to cultivate more quiet into our daily lives this new year of 2018. Blessings… Annie