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.

A sermon preached in Selwyn College Chapel, Tuesday 10 May 2011I'm sure I'm not the only one here who likes
"I am Death; I am the law that no man breaketh" - the first words of Holst's opera, Savitri, which
Right since the beginning of the Anglo-French intervention in Libya, Colonel Gadaffi has called it 'a crusade.' It pains me
At Little St Mary's, Cambridge. The garden in the Lady Chapel is about to be dismantled after the Good Friday
Spring is here at last and the scaffolding around the Chapel is gone. Perfect day for hopping into a punt
I hope you will forgive me for a few words on wordlessness. There is a strange kind of Christianity that
You must be perfect. You have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbour. To love your neighbour only
Temptations, temptations.  One of the many is to believe that we know better than our forebears.  But it ain't necessarily
Today begins the greater penitential season.  We have doubtless heard much, as every year, in its run-up about 'taking things
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." The words God

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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