OUR STORY …
It has been called “Cityscapes,” “Silent Cityscapes,” and even silent “Landscapes.” We’ve finally settled on the simple name of “Silence.” We are, of course, alluding to our new cartoon feature with drawings depicting familiar, if not iconic, images from small towns and larger cities.
“Silence” is dark. Some have described it as being Gothic-like, or goth. But that’s not at all what “Silence” is about. Like most other things we do, “Silence” tells a story. The story is about a conversation between God and man.
For more than 30 years, we have been teaching the Bible and leading small groups. For more than 20 years, we have been aware of the overwhelming power and majesty of silence. That brings us to the present — the here and now.
We have taught others that God speaks in silence, and we hear in silence. In the ensuing years, we have heard other writers and teachers say similar things. They did not copy us, and we did not copy them. We have all been present with God in silence, and we’ve all learned the truth about the powerful gift of silence.
THE POWER OF SILENCE …
Just a few years ago, we heard about a book on the topic of silence. It was written by Cardinal Robert Sarah (The Power of Silence, Robert Sarah; Ignatius Press, San Francisco CA, 2017). This book is hundreds of pages long, and we are still reading it — a little at a time. It’s amazing just how much can actually be said about a topic like silence. And the wisdom of some of the quotes is nothing short of stunning. We provide a few examples (see below).
“Being quiet is a condition of silence, but it is not silence.”
“ There is one great question: How can man really be in the image of God? He must enter into silence.“
“If we do not cultivate silence, how can we find God?“
“There is no place on earth where God is more present than in the human heart. The heart truly is God’s abode, the temple of silence.“
THE STORY WITHIN …
And that brings us to our new cartoon feature. Here’s the story:
It is 3 AM. You are finally in a deep sleep. Your whole being is at rest. Suddenly, you are awakened. Your flesh continues to rest — maybe even sleep. But your heart is fully awake. A thought or maybe many thoughts come to you all at once. They are peaceful thoughts, like pearls of wisdom. They are not troubles or worries.
You begin to “listen,” and you start to hear things you’ve never heard before. Some things simply clarify previous thoughts and ideas, while other things are new and, maybe even, radically different from the way you’ve always thought.
As this occurs, it dawns on you that you might be hearing God speak. You are awake and alert enough to hear that thought, but since you are also still asleep, you do not argue. You just listen.
And, in silence, you hear!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR …
In our new cartoon feature, it is dark because it is that silent hour. Someone has been awakened from their sleep. That time is different for different people, of course, but it is surprising how often 3 AM comes up as the time when people are awakened in their sleep.
In the pictures, you see familiar or iconic scenes. It is dark, but don’t miss the light. It is always present. The darkness, however great it might seem, can never overcome the light. The light truly does shine in the darkness.
We want you to look at these simple drawings and see the beauty of silence. And we want to invite you to join us on a holy pilgrimage of silence as we seek first the kingdom and righteousness of God in Christ (Matt 6:33).
SPECIAL INVITATION …
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Use the comments section to share your own experiences and adventures in silence. Help others begin to understand the power of silence in a chaotic, confusing, and very noisy world.
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!