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.

"When the war ended, the colonial powers returned to their colonies.  But those whose desire for independence had been awakened
Japan's still full of surprises. Wandering through Shinjuku yesterday, one of Tokyo's busiest districts, I came across a traditional music
We've all read about the American pastor who is planning a 'World Koran Burning Day.' The irony is just how
Monkee magic: the nature of conversion?"I saw her face Now I'm a believer There's not a trace Of doubt in
Why do people climb mountains? You know it costs about £50,000 to climb Everest these days - sounds a bit
I hope you'll forgive me if I eschew the customary Trinity Sunday joke about celestial mathematics. It's usually made in
“Many are called, but few are chosen.” +In nomine...If I accused people of making a fuss about their clothes, you
'For Jews demand signs, and Greeks demand wisdom,' 1 Cor 18. Our foolish proclamation was never taken seriously,not even from
Isaiah 30.15, 18 In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength. The Lord
抹茶Contrary to Japanese sentiment, my blunt European palette had never been able to discern the nation's mystical heart in a

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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