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 core theme of the traditional lectionary Gospel passages throughout Lent is the casting out of sin for the healing
A Sermon for Lichfield Cathedral School on its Patronal Festival St Chad’s Day 2 Feb 2020 Sometimes our careers take
A cathedral – or a car park? Which is more beautiful? I suspect most people will want to say, instinctively,
I was in a McDonalds a couple of years ago in London, getting a quick cup of coffee in between
For my Japanese family, culturally formed by the Eastern philosophy of Confucius, the answer is simple: family, nation and community
Beatitudes or Platitudes? On a superficial reading, it would be easy to think that the eight Beatitudes should really be
What has Church worship got to do with Jesus? How can we learn about Christ through the rites and seasons
How to see angels Michaelmas is a time for opening hearts to heaven, for learning to see realities to which
Jews and Samaritans didn’t like each other, Jesus is showing that the whole human race are really neighbours and we
“The mission of the Church is weak because its prayer is weak.” Not my words, but those of the Franciscan friar,

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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