The Final Word

Silence is sacred

Silence is sacred

Volume 18, Issue 3 I have heard that in radio studios, if there is more than seven seconds of silence, an automatic response is set to fill the void with music. Imagine, then, the bewilderment of the media commentators covering the Saturday night vigil at World Youth Day in Cologne in 2005, when Pope Benedict knelt before the Blessed Sacrament, and “a million young people” kept absolute silence with him for not seven seconds, but nearly 20 minutes.

No peace without...

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“No peace without…”

There are many ways to complete that sentence. Most commonly we hear: “No peace without justice.” Others have said that there can be no peace without freedom, or without an end to terrorism, or without human rights, or without security. Recently one journalist even wrote a column entitled: “No peace without a fight.”

Heart of peace

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In the first month of the New Year, our newspapers have been covered with images of war. Looking to the year ahead, we must prepare ourselves – almost with resignation – for the fact that these images will not go away.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus stood outside Jerusalem and wept as He said: “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes.” Are the things that make for peace still hidden from our eyes? Only if we refuse to look for them, or to acknowledge them when we see them.