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By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange, Dec. 7, 2021

Father Ed Broom is an Oblate of the Virgin Mary and the author of Total Consecration Through the Mysteries of the Rosary and From Humdrum to Holy. He blogs regularly at Fr. Broom’s Blog.

Today we suffer from an onslaught of noise, and more than a little noise pollution!  Not that noise is always bad, but it is true that the human heart, mind, and the soul longs for moments of silence. As we enter more deeply into Advent, now is a great time to learn to cultivate silence.

That first Christmas night is known as that Silent Night.  The cold, dark night of the Nativity of Christ was cloaked in a most profound silence — the Silent Night that brought the Son of God from heaven to earth so that we might ascend from earth to heaven.

Even before this holy day, the great prophet Elijah arrived at the foot of the holy mountain.  Where was God to be found?  In the thunder and lightning, or in the fire, or in the wind and storm? In none of these was God to be found. Rather, God made Himself manifest in the gentle breeze that could hardly be heard by human ears. …