Encounters with Silence

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
― Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Some years ago, when I was teaching at Mercy College, I did an experiment with my students: I asked them to sit silently while I timed them. The room went quiet – and the longer they sat the more uncomfortable they became; they began to fidget in their seats, I heard some nervous giggles; the time seemed to drag on forever for them. When I ended the experiment there was a collective sigh of relief – as if they had done yeoman’s work. They had been sitting quietly for just one minute! Continue reading “Encounters with Silence”

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

God showers us with gifts every single day – and we rarely open them. Even more rarely do we say thanks.

 

… Earth’s crammed with heaven,
and every common bush afire with God;
but only he who sees, takes off his shoes.
The rest sit ’round it and pluck blackberries …
(from Aurora Leigh, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

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