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February 2, 2012

The Importance of Silence

Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization

While the world continues to be immersed in a virtual dimension, Pope Benedict has called for striking a balance between silence, words, images, and sounds.

"By remaining silent, we allow the other person to speak, to express him or herself, and we avoid being tied simply to our own words and ideas without the being adequately testes," he said.

He noted that sometimes the most authentic communication takes place in utter silence, "between people who are in love: gestures, facial expressions and body language are signs by which they reveal themselves to each other."

Silence also allows for greater discernment about what is really worth listening to. And of course, it allows for prayer, contemplation and silent conversation with God.

To read more from the message of silence from the Holy Father:

Pax et Gaudium

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