La fuerza del silencio
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WITH BENEDICT XVI PREFACE Cardinal Sarah faces in these pages the need for inner silence to listen to God's music, so that prayer entrusted with Him may break and develop.
Noise imposes its dictatorship on us day and day, to the point that we rarely yearn for silence. However, noise generates man's bewilderment, while in silence our personal being, our own identity, is forged.
After God's international success or nothing, Cardinal Sarah faces in these pages the need for inner silence to listen to God's music, so that prayer entrusted with Him may break out and develop, to establish full relations with our close friends. "The real revolution," he says, "comes from silence, which leads us to God and others, to humbly place ourselves at his service."
Again in this long and deep conversation with Nicolas Diat, the Cardinal proposes the following question: can those who do not know silence attain truth, beauty and love? The answer is undeniable: everything that is great and creative is related to silence. God is silence. The prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments links and lists up to 365 thoughts, rich and varied, on silence and its effects, which conclude with an exceptional and rich dialogue with Dom Dysmas de Lassus, Prior General of the Great Chartreuse.
"While speech characterizes man, silence is what defines him, because the spoken word only makes sense by virtue of that silence." This is the beautiful and significant message of The Force of Silence.
Cardinal Robert Sarah
Robert Sarah was born in Guinea in 1945. A priest since 1969, in 1979 he was appointed Archbishop of Conakri, aged 34. In 2001 John Paul II called him to the Roman Curia, where he held successively two senior positions. Benedict XVI created him Cardinal in 2010, and in 2014 Francis appointed him Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
Nicolas Diat is a French journalist and author.