Shh, Be Quiet, It’s Advent.

A new liturgical year begins this coming Sunday, December 2, 2018, with the First Sunday of Advent. The Season of Advent consists of the four Sundays before Christmas. The liturgical color for Advent is purple or sometimes blue. We will…

Prayer Begins When the Words End

Psalm 62:1. "For God alone my soul in silence waits; from him comes my salvation." One Sunday, years ago, I knelt to pray before the liturgy began, as was my usual practice. I always had something to tell or ask…

Lent with the Desert Fathers: Fasting From Words

A Word from the Desert Abba Macarius the Great said to the brothers at Scetis, when he dismissed the assembly, 'Flee, my brothers.' One of the old men asked him, ‘Where could we flee to beyond the desert?' He put…

Silence, the Way Home

The 14th century Sufi poet and mystic, Rumi, wrote, “Return to the root of the root of yourself.”¹ His words remind me that I often live on the periphery or circumference of life, disconnected from the root of my being…

St. Joseph, a Man of Silence

Today, March 19, the Episcopal Church celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph, his life and faith. St. Joseph was raised up to be the guardian of God's incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother. The gospel reading for this…

You Should Observe Silence

And therefore you should observe silence! In that manner the Word can be uttered and heard. For surely, if you choose to speak God must fall silent. There is no better way of serving the Word than by silence and…

The Silence of Music – Angelic Light: Music From Eastern Cathedrals

In a world of busyness, noise, and distraction one sometimes seeks a place of stillness, silence, and centeredness. Sometimes this means making a change in our external circumstances, always, though, it is about our inner enviroment. I have found that…

St. John of the Cross on “Our Most Important Task”

"Our most important task consists in remaining silent before this great God, silent with our desires as well as with our tongue. He understands only one language, that of silent love." - St. John of the Cross in a letter…

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