“The silence of everyday life is an indispensable condition for living with others. Without the capacity for silence, man is incapable of hearing, loving, and understanding the people around him. Charity is born of silence. It proceeds from a silent heart that is able to hear, to listen, and to welcome. Silence is a condition for otherness and a necessity if one is to understand himself. Without silence, there is neither rest nor serenity nor interior life. Silence is friendship and love, interior harmony and peace. Silence and peace have one and the same heartbeat.” —Robert Cardinal Sarah, Power of Silence, Chapter 1
Despite the busyness from our academic and familial obligations, we all—students, instructors, and parents—must find time for silence, even if it is but a moment. Let us make it our goal to find some time each day this week for the quiet, for silence.