Greetings to friend of Silence around the world -- and, welcome to all those who have recently indicated their interest in and commitment to allowing enough silence in their lives for the Word to be heard!
Would that each one of you could have attended the recent wedding of Martha and Roger -- an event which seemed like a foretaste of heaven where we shall indeed be one in the Spirit. The joy of the occasion was deepened and enhanced by the rich variety of cultures and religious traditions represented and experienced in the ceremony and the periods of Silence interspersed throughout the celebration. Besides the usual solemn vows, the couple pledged to one another to live with less and in solidarity with the poor and oppressed, to work for peace and justice and to help one another grow in love. A poignant moment was the acknowledgement of the unseen, yet deeply felt, presence of Michelle -- a beloved and active member of the Church of the Messiah community, whose untimely and violent death had been celebrated there just two weeks previously.
The commitment and love expressed by this community, this couple, seems to exemplify the following words of William Johnston in his book, SILENT MUSIC: