In a time when technology penetrates our lives in so many ways and materialism exerts such a powerful influence over us, Cardinal Robert Sarah presents a bold book about the strength of silence. The modern world generates so much noise, he says, that seeking moments of silence has become both harder and more necessary than ever before.
Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine, explains the cardinal in this profound conversation with Nicolas Diat. Within the hushed and hallowed walls of the La Grande Chartreux, the famous Carthusian monastery in the French Alps, Cardinal Sarah addresses the following questions: Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, or love? Do not wisdom, artistic vision, and devotion spring from silence, where the voice of God is heard in the depths of the human heart?
After the international success of God or Nothing, Cardinal Sarah seeks to restore to silence its place of honor and importance. "Silence is more important than any other human work," he says, "for it expresses God. The true revolution comes from silence; it leads us toward God and others so as to place ourselves humbly and generously at their service."
"This book shows Cardinal Sarah to be one of the most spiritually alert churchmen of our time. His meditations carry him from Augustine and John of the Cross to Thérèse of Lisieux and Teresa of Calcutta, and his theme is of crucial importance for the world."— Bishop Robert Barron, Creator and Host, Catholicism film series
"In the words of the psalmist, the heart in silence waits for God and for the eternal salvation which He alone brings us (Ps 62). Cardinal Sarah provides an incomparable help to contemporary man, so that he may practice the silence which is necessary to hear the voice of God and so to know himself and the world in their deepest truth, beauty and goodness."— Cardinal Raymond Burke, Author, Hope for the World
"Noise, as C.S. Lewis' devil Screwtape famously said, is the music of hell. Cardinal Sarah offers us a richly engaging, elegantly written reflection on the importance of recovering silence in our own lives, and through silence, rediscovering the presence of God, the beauty of creation, and the nature of our mission as disciples."— Most Rev. Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia
"It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of this profound, uniquely beautiful book. Its wisdom and lucidity are the medicine we so desperately need."— Michael D. O’Brien, Author, Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
"Africa produces the most passionate Catholics, and the happiest people, even in terrible external circumstances. Here is a book by an African cardinal about a simple but profound mine shaft to deep happiness."— Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
"Saints always emphasize that silence is a tremendous blessing in the spiritual life. It gives us peace of mind, heart, and soul. In this incredible interview, Cardinal Sarah offers profound insights into the importance of silence, a topic that needs to be addressed in the Church today."— Fr. Donald Calloway, Author, Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon
"The jewel of contemplative life never hides for long. In this remarkable interview, Cardinal Sarah, the great contemplative prefect in Rome, provides a treasure trove of profound commentary on the sacredness of silence for the pursuit of a serious spiritual life in a world dominated by the dictatorship of noise."— Fr. Donald Haggerty, Author, The Contemplative Hunger
Robert Cardinal Sarah was born in Guinea, West Africa. Made an Archbishop by Pope John Paul II and a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, he was named the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Francis in 2014. He is the author of God or Nothing.
Nicolas Diat is a French journalist and author. His previous collaboration with Cardinal Sarah was on his book, God or Nothing.