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October 4th, 2016

Silent Church v. Chattering Church

I was particularly struck by the wisdom of this blog post by Fr Ray Blake, on the importance of silence. At the end, he provides a link to an English translation of an interview with Cardinal Sarah in the French traditionalist magazine La Nef.  I hope you will be able to open this link (which should not be missed) but if not you should be able to access the interview by Googling Catholic World Report 

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Why do attacks on the Church always begin with attacks on contemplatives? It was the Carthusians the French masonic government first attacked in 1903, just as bloody Henry had begun his English Reformation with the martyrdom of St John Houghton and his Carthusian companions.

The silent Church is always a greater threat than the chattering Church. The chattering Church is easily manipulated, it depends on its own resources, its own wisdom and insights, it is receptive to novelties and eager for change. The silent Church is close to Christ, it contemplates the essential mysteries of the faith, it is in the World but not of it, it depends not on its own resources but the Power of God. It is united to an unbroken Tradition.

The silent Church is a Church of prayer, it is not inactive but neither is it yet another NGO; its activity comes from its contemplation, its communion with God. The chattering Church is the foundation-less house built on sand, that has no permanence and come wind and rain will be swept away.

Pope Benedict in many ways has repeatedly acted a little like an Old Testament prophet, choosing prophetic signs often over words. I cannot help but think his retiring to a life of contemplation is a prophetic sign to a Church far more interested in chatter than silence.

Cardial Robert Sarah has an interview in Le Nef, translated here,  It preludes his new book The Strength of Silence – Against the Dictatorship of Noise. At the moment it is only available in French. In the interview he speaks of silence in the Liturgy, returning to the subject of ad orientem worship; one can grasp a little of why he understands it as being so important.

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