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.

Who is God? Can God really be said to 'exist'? Video homily for Lichfield Cathedral School.
Pentecost 2020 The first thing a flute like my shakuhachi needs to make a sound is space: the empty space
Homily for Lichfield Cathedral School on the Feast of the Ascension The natural law says, “what goes up must come
The Twitter mantra seems so obviously true at first glance. “Church is about people, not buildings.” Yet since the Archbishop
One for the Tolkien fans! The Coronavirus shows the secular world, stripped of sacred markers, in all its dull greyness...
Jesus was crucified so that we do not have to be. Yet we all carry a cross. We are weighed
What is our heart's desire? How can we find out? Homily on readings at Mass for the Fourth Sunday after

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.

Sign up for news on Greater Silence publications

Success! You're on the list.