By Christopher Simon

Silence Is Golden

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life.”     ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:11

The value of silence in our noisy and busy world is easy to overlook, and even though many of us would like a quieter environment, it can be almost impossible to find a truly quiet place in much of the modern world. Cars, trucks and motorcycles with loud mufflers are some of the worst offenders when it comes to disrupting what little serenity we have. Loud music and boisterous parties are perennial disturbers of the peace as well. Since loud and inconsiderate people are not likely to be convinced of the errors of their ways, holy men and women have always known the importance of sequestering themselves, going into caves or sojourning in the wilderness. Some religious orders even take vows of silence. Finding quiet time each and every day pays big dividends to our spiritual and emotional health, and probably our physical health as well. We should consider also whether our lifestyle is contributing to a quieter world or if we are one of those vexatious disturbers of the peace.