A Sonorous Thread Of Silence

“I have always been struck by the Lord’s encounter with Elijah, when the Lord speaks with Elijah. He was on the mountain when he saw the Lord pass by, “not in the hail, the rain, the storm, in the wind…The Lord was in the still soft breeze. [cf 1 Kings, 19:11-13] In the original text, a most beautiful word is used which cannot be precisely translated: he was in a sonorous thread of silence. A sonorous thread of silence: this is how the Lord draws near, with that sound of silence that belongs to love…This is the music of the Lords language…It will do us great, great good…It will do us good to be silent a little, in order to listen to these words of love, of great closeness, these words of tenderness.”

Pope Francis, Morning Mediation in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, When silence is music, Thursday 12th December 2013.

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