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.

“You are my friends - if you keep my commandments.” You can be my friend, as long as you do
“If I say, peradventure the darkness shall cover me, then shall my night be turned to day. Yea, the darkness
“Have I said anything, solemnly uttered anything that is worthy of God? On the contrary, all I feel I have
Any other year than this, and a sermon today might have started with a joke, probably involving the proverbial Monopoly
I know you sometimes see adults reading Harry Potter books on the train, but I must confess, they were a
The House is built. We see the door. We have the keys.  David, to keep up with his royal neighbours
What are the prospects for a shared Platonic metaphysics between Christianity and Islam? Dr Karim Lahham, Hasan Spiker, Fr Thomas
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

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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