Silence

Silence !!!

Silence isn’t always golden. We expect silence from certain people and in certain situations. Mimes, for example, are generally silent. But God isn’t supposed to be silent; his apparent silence is the source of suffering. When we cry out to God and he doesn’t seem to come through, we’re left asking, “Does he actually care?” I know he’s supposed to care – after all he’s God – but does he really?

This is why Jesus cried out on the Cross, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” In other words, “Why don’t you answer me? Why are you silent?” The eternal dialogue between the Father and the Son is interrupted, but by entering into a suffering silence Jesus redeemed it. In the silence of God, we find the cry of Christ. In the silence of God, if we allow it, we find Jesus at our side.

Silence isn’t always golden. But, with Christ, it becomes a word from God.

About Fr John Pietropaoli LC

Fr. John Pietropaoli was born in Malone, New York. He entered the Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut, in September of 2000. Following his religious profession in August of 2002, he studied Classical Humanities in Cheshire and Philosophy in Rome, Italy. He subsequently spent several years in Thornwood, New York, in a ministry internship and began his theology studies there in 2009. In 2011, he returned to Rome to finish his studies and was ordained a priest on December 15, 2012. In 2014 he completed a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Theology at Rome’s Regina Apostolorum University and is currently serving as the chaplain at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia.
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