For God alone my soul waits in silence.
When the Lamb opened the seventh seal,
there was silence in heaven for about about half and hour.
Silence is the sacrament of the world to come.
(St. Isaac the Syrian)
Silence is not just the absence of ambient noise.
Nor does it mean the lack of laughter or music or shared reflection.
Silence is a state of mind and heart, a condition of the soul. It is inner stillness.
Silence in heaven reigns amidst joyous song and ceaseless celebration.
It is awe in the presence of the Divine.
Silence in this world leads us beyond earthquake, storm and fire, beyond stress, anguish and pain.
It makes audible, words of ineffable beauty.
Silence lets us hear the still small voice of God.