Greater Silence is the web space of Fr Thomas Plant, where you can find books, articles and videos inviting you to explore the richness of the Catholic faith as it has been received in the Church of England.

The narrative of Ed Husain’s Spectator article (below) on the supposed decline of Islamic philosophy into a “Dark Age” after
As lockdown looms, Twitter begins to buzz again with clerical outrage. Inevitably, bemused or disgusted onlookers will (in not so
The first instalment of a brief series during lockdown on what the Mass is and why it matters. We’re going
Sermon for the Feast of All Saints 2020, preached at the church of the Holy Angels, Hoar Cross Ut unum
I’ve nearly finished the first draft of my new book, due for publication next year with Angelico Press (DV). It’s
Sermon for 9th Sunday after TrinityPreached (in Japanese) at Holy Trinity Church, Fukui City. It is a dark time in
説教、福井聖三一教会プラント・トーマス神父福音書:聖マタイ14:22ー33 (湖の上を歩く) 主イエスにも、 暗い時が 幾度かありました。 古里に戻って、 説教しようとしますが、 「故郷で敬われない預言者」として 追い出されてしまいます。(Mt 13.57f) そこの人々の信仰不足のせいで、 イエスは奇跡を起こしません。 そして、 主はいとこの聖ヨアンネ・バプテストが王様に殺された と聞きます。 そこで一人で人里はなれた所へ行こうとしました(Mt 14.13) しかし、 その人たちの信仰不足にもかかわらず、 多数が主に従います。(Mt
Sermon preached at Holy Angels, Hoar Cross, on the seventh Sunday after Trinity, 26 July 2020. Readings here. Where is
Sermon preached at Pusey House on the 6th Sunday after Trinity, 19 July 2020 For the Scripture readings, click here.

Why “Greater Silence?”

The Great Silence is the time in a monastery from night prayer until the morning when no speech of any kind is allowed. The great mystical theologian St Dionysius the Areopagite describes the dazzling silence of God outshining all the possibilities of merely human words and description. It is in this spirit that I hope to guide the reader beyond the limit of my own meagre words into the greater silence of the contemplation of God.

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