Silence: Doorway to Contemplation and Interfaith Friendship

I’ve just had a new article published on the website of Atlanta’s Interfaith Community Institute. It’s called “Silence: Doorway to Contemplation and Interfaith Friendship.”

In Psalm 46, God is quoted as saying, “Be still and know that I am God.” God, the Ultimate Mystery, is greater than human language, thought, or ideas. For this reason, language always seems to conceal God as much as it reveals God.

While not, therefore, replacing the heritage of theological and mystical language that testifies to God, silence opens a doorway to encountering the presence of God (the Ultimate Mystery) at a level beyond anything that could ever be expressed in words.

In this article I tell the story of my own relationship with silence, and how the practice of intentional silence has helped me not only to grow spiritually but also to embrace the promise of positive interfaith relationships. I may not understand all there is to know about my friends from other faiths, and certainly our friendships are vulnerable to the fact that our beliefs are often quite different from each other — but in silence we can find a way to be present to one another, to pray together, and to enjoy each other.

To read the entire article, follow this link: Silence: Doorway to Contemplation and Interfaith Friendship.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.