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.

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,
“Who do you say that I am?”That’s the million-pound question for Simon. He’s already got the ‘ask the audience’ answers
Salutojn!Strange to think that a small Jewish sect could, within thirty years of the death of its founder in Jerusalem,
I've got a new article out on Living Church, here. Yes, the headline is a bit of an attention grabber. Mea
Sunday evening: the first day of the week. The disciples have locked themselves away in their room, afraid - that
Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia. Notre Dame: France’s greatest tourist attraction? France’s premier museum? France’s top UNESCO World Heritage site? In
Even RE teachers who acknowledge the relativistic bias of their subject are often happy to defend it. Some say that first,
“To have another language is to have another soul” - Emperor CharlemagneMy love of languages started at age 11, when
Relativism is the new absolute and tolerance the new prime virtue. But so what? Maybe the moderns are right, and

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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