June's recommended book of the Month by the Abbey's Retreat centre.
The Power of Silence against the Dictatorship of Noise (Ignatius Press) by Robert Cardinal Sarah with Nicolas Diat
(afterward by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)
In a time when technology penetrates our lives in so many ways and materialism exerts such a powerful influence over us, Cardinal Robert Sarah presents a bold book about the strength of silence. The modern world generates so much noise, he says, that seeking moments of silence has become harder and more necessary than ever before.
After the international success of God or Nothing, Cardinal Sarah seeks to restore silence to its place of honor and importance. "Silence is more important than any other human work," he says, "for it expresses God. The true revolution comes from the silence; it leads us toward God and others so as to place ourselves humbly and generously at their service."
"Noise, as C.S. Lewis' devil Screwtape famously said, is the music of hell. Cardinal Sarah offers us a richly engaging, elegantly written reflection on the importance of recovering silence in our own lives, and through silence, rediscovering the presence of God, the beauty of creation, and the nature of our mission as disciples."
- Most Rev. Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia
RRP is £16.50