Be the Silence the World Hates


In an article published about our new Pope Francis in the Washington Post, the following is said:

The Jesuits [of which Pope Francis is one] —the shorthand name for the society—are men who are formed by silent, disciplined prayer.

Their worldwide leader, Father Adolfo Nicolas, recently said that the Jesuits and their companions ought to “be the silence the world hates.”

| Christopher Hale

What does that mean, to be the silence the world hates? It means stopping the noise of our busyness. Unplugging from the unnecessary. Unplugging even, from what is normally depended on for a few minutes, placing complete trust instead on God’s embrace.

It means going deeper, being present to yourself, to others and to the world around you, the world of which you are a part. And this world is a living organism, despite its brokenness.

In asking, then leading the people in a prayer of silence, Pope Francis showed us the way of prayer preceding action. From there can the work be sustained. And in silence is the voice of God, gentle as a whisper but always calling, always inviting, always welcoming us to closer union with him.

What’s more is the mutuality of Francis’ request: at once venerating the majesty of God, but also recognising our need for each other.

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For the complete article I refer to, please click here.

3 thoughts on “Be the Silence the World Hates

  1. It’s amazing isn’t it, how something as simple as silence can be so challenging.

    I’m reminded of how Anthony de Mello would take people around noisy traffic and teach them to find the silence within.

    Thank you very much for commenting as well. It’s very much appreciated.

  2. As an extrovert, and even a very extroverted extrovert, I very much appreciate silence. It took me many years to cultivate a listening heart, but it has been so worth it. I can always find the Consoler beyond the consolation there!

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