Perhaps the single biggest need
busy people face today is quiet;
for it is impossible to touch God
on a deep level if we do not recover
the essential gift and grace of quiet and silence
which makes us aware of God’s holy presence.
Far more than the absence of noise,
silence is an opportunity,
our gateway to God.

Waves of demeaning entertainment
wash over us everyday.
We are surrounded by people
with addictive lifestyles.
Many of us suffer from a sense of
psychological isolation
and social alienation.
Many people are sinking
into a quicksand of poverty
which is slowly choking their lives.
We thoughtlessly pollute the environment.
Acts of violence are commonplace
around the world
and in our backyards.
Morality has become a private affair.
Terrorism is rattling everybody’s nerves.
In the Middle East, war is always on the horizon.
Day by day our joy
is being stripped from us.
We are hungry for God,
hungry for answers
to our endless stream of problems.
But our really big questions about God
only have one answer: silence.


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