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.

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
Second in the Greater Silence video series on the Gospel.
A Religious Studies video for KS3 pupils on why Jesus is like Batman. 
Participation in the Eucharist is much more than just receiving Communion: in fact, the whole cosmos takes part in its
Audio service sung with the help of children in lockdown from Lichfield Cathedral School.

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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