My name is Michael K. Marsh. I am a priest of the Episcopal Church serving a parish in the Diocese of West Texas. Though my life is active I try to live contemplatively with silence, stillness, and occasionally solitude. I am drawn towards the desert, monasticism, and the patristic tradition of Orthodoxy. I seek to stand at the intersection of Episcopal breadth and Orthodox depth.
About the title, Interrupting the Silence. Father Thomas Keating says that silence is God’s first language. My life of prayer and study are attempts, through God’s grace and blessing, to become fluent in this language, to attain to hesychia. Who, then, am I to interrupt the silence, to interrupt God with my words?
I read somewhere that if our words will not contribute to the silence then we should say nothing. I offer my words, interrupting the silence, with the hope that somehow they might contribute to the silence. And when they do not I offer them as my confession with the hope of forgiveness.
The words I offer are my own, though not always original with me. They do not necessarily represent the views of the parish I serve, the Diocese of West Texas, the Episcopal Church, or any other group or organization.
God’s peace be with you,
Feast of St. Antony 2009