Wow, this is so beautiful.
Cardinal Robert Sarah is amazing person. Born in small village in rural Guinea, he joined a minor seminary as age 12, was ordained at 24, made a bishop at 34, and was finally made a Cardinal in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. He currently serves as the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, appointed by Pope Francis to that role in 2014.
About a year ago, he published a book titled The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise. He recently visited The University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Canada and gave a talk on the same subject.
The University of St. Michael’s College has produced a stunningly beautiful video about his visit, which you can watch below.
“Silence is not only not talking. Silence is deeper, because the great noise is inside ourselves,” the Cardinal says in the video. “Even in our churches, there is too much noise. So it’s not a place where we can encounter God, silently.
“Silence makes life more similar to God, because God is silence. He talks in silence. We encounter him in silence. And if you remain with God, you become silent.”
He sees a lack of silence as a cause of the decline of religion in the West. “I think why the Western countries today are no longer believers, because they are talking all the time. They know no silence, and their faith is going down. Silence is really the moment where I construct myself as a human being related to God. And without God and without silence, we are lost. […]
“The Western society seems to be lost because when we are cut from God, we are lost. It’s like a tree without roots.”