The great Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, once said, "If I could prescribe just one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence. For even if the Word of God were proclaimed in the modern world, no one would hear it; there is too much noise. Therefore, create silence." For Lent, I will work on my silence. In my busy home there is rarely any quiet but I will do my part to speak only when necessary and to speak softly and with kindness when it is necessary.
Silence applies to more than speech. Fr. Basil Nortz of Opus Angelorum Sanctorum speaks about the twelve forms of silence in two conferences available on tape. I will be writing more about them in future posts.