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Robert Cardinal Sarah, Source: Catholic Education Resource Center

By Robert Cardinal Sarah, Source: Catholic Education Resource Center

Robert Cardinal Sarah, “Silence Versus the World’s Noise.” from The Power of Silence Against the Dictatorship of Noise (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2017)


“God always watches over us.” — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI


Man may experience the darkest nights, endure the worst outrages, confront the most tragic situations, yet God is with him.  Often man forgets that God is present…. Confronted with evil, man gets organized by gathering the means necessary for his defense.  His action is just, but sometimes it provokes greater evils.  Our true grandeur lies in the humility of faith; the purer our belief, the more profound it is and the closer it brings us to God, who is infinitely great.  Someone who is close to God becomes powerful; he can conquer the evil that corrodes the world, and he is capable of integrating it into his prayer of intercession.

Silence and prayer are not a form of defection.  They are the strongest weapons against evil.  Man wants to “do,” but above all else he must “be.”  In silent prayer, man is fully human. He resembles David before Goliath.  For prayer is the noblest, most sublime, and most vigorous act, which elevates man to the level of God…. Silence is not a form of passivity.  By remaining silent, man can avoid a greater evil.  It is not an earthly dereliction of duty to place your trust in heaven. ….

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