The Power Of Silence: Against The Dictatorship Of Noise
  • The Power Of Silence: Against The Dictatorship Of Noise
  • The Power Of Silence: Against The Dictatorship Of Noise
ISBN: 1621641910
EAN13: 9781621641919
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 15, 2017
Pages: 248
Dimensions: 0.87" H x 8.9" L x 5.91" W
Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Now with a new afterword by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

In a time when there is more and more noise, and technology and materialism continue to exert their hold on us, Cardinal Robert Sarah presents a bold book about the strength of silence. The world generates so much noise that seeking moments of silence only becomes more necessary. For Cardinal Sarah, modern man, in repressing the divine, finds himself in a deep dilemma, an oppressive and anguishing trial. The Cardinal recalls that life is a silent relationship between what is most intimate in man and God. Silence is indispensable for hearing the music of God: prayer arises from silence and returns to silence with ever greater depth.

In this long and profound conversation with Nicolas Diat, done within the hallowed walls of silence in the famous Carthusian monastery of La Grande Chartreux in France, the Cardinal proposes the question: can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, love? The response is undeniable: all that is great and creative is formed by silence. God is silence.

After the great international success of God or Nothing, translated into fourteen languages, Cardinal Sarah seeks to restore to silence its place of honor and importance. Although speech characterizes man, silence is what defines him, because speech acquires sense Read More chevron_right

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   Read This after Reading The Benedict Option
The premise of Cardinal is that our contemporary world is so full of noise that our own minds and souls are filled with it. We then spread the noise to the church, where it most certainly does not belong. The church in its liturgy and ancient practices forgets the other practice of standing in prayer, adoration and lectio divina. It converges into noise and forgets that God keeps silence himself. Sarah encourages the reader to feel the ancient, monastic urge to withdraw to the desert to hear the voice of God, which can be heard only when we keep silence. This is following Jesus Christ's example, and is a protest against the dictatorship of noise in this world we inhabit, along with the Benedict Option. Sarah's book provides a clear path for Christians to resist the noise of this fake and hostile.
   One of the best books I've read on contemplation and silence
One of the best books I read on the subject of contemplation and silence. Truly, I have gained a new appreciation for those moments when silence is the only response.
   ... indeed power real peace real Presence of the Almighty Wonderful book but also very much Should be in everyone's ...
The title is indeed appropriate : power real peace, real prestige of the Almighty Wonderful Book, but also very much should be in everyone's library, Catholic or not Fr Pavia.
I have read many great books concerning Catholic doctrines, philosophy, spirituality and prayer... But this book is tops after the Holy Bible!! After reading this book, only a worthy reflection could attempt to be a silent description. Buy this book and plumb the depths of gold that it contains on every page!
   Hurrah for Sarah!
Still working through this book, Necessary and Most Wonderful. Many of my friends have this as well and we all agree that Cardinal Sarah nailed the Ache, Hunger, Deep Longing palpably within our hearts, and the remedy for the soul's disease in this world of chaos and noise - silence. Not just Quiet, although that is a helpful start, but the Holy Silence that draws one into His Most Holy Presence. Cultivating with God in Silence, being that Cave of the Heart! The cave where Elijah waited, the Cave of Bethlehem, the Cave holding the body of Jesus awaiting the resurrection, teaches us to not be afraid of the dark, for He is present. Like many other holy books, I found reading this before the Blessed Sacrament the best place to BE with Him all the time while he is with me.
A beautiful book on Holiness, Grace, Peace, Wisdom and the Presence of God in the Sound of Silence.
   A treasure to which I will often return
I am an avid reader who reads a book twice due to my insatiable appetite for newer things. After reading Cardinal Sarah's The Power Of Silence, I can assure you that this book will not be just once over the rest of my life, but many times over the course of my life.
   Absolutely amazing
A great truth, which is more important than ever in a chaotic world. A passionate lover of Christ and the Catholic Church, expertly articulated, tells how to add greater meaning to everything.
   spot on
An accurate analysis of what has happened and how silence has a positive effect... let your children join in!
   I think this is the most important book on the ...
I think this is the most important book on the market today. It is remarkably educated and astute theologically.