Holy Father went on, "...for our liturgies which, to facilitate authentic listening, must also be rich in moments of silence and of non verbal acceptance. ... Silence has the capacity to open a space in our inner being, a space in which God can dwell, which can ensure that His Word remains within us, and that love for Him is rooted in our minds and hearts, and animates our lives". - Vatican City, 7 March 2012 (VIS)
The Latin Mass is a "liturgy rich in moments of silence." It is ONE of the many reasons I love the Mass of the Saints....
...silence is allowed, ingrained, cherished....like adoration.
So often, when there is a moment to quiet the soul it is filled up with music at Mass. Music can certainly be lovely and have it's place. But we NEED silence to hear the voice of God.
Beyond silence in the liturgy of the Mass, these words from the Pope lead me to look up more on silence. He's mentioned it before recently and Jesus was likely silent in the dessert during these 40 days...
"If you wish to make great progress in virtue, if you wish to arrive at perfection, then observe [holy] silence"(Rodriguez, ibid., II,6). How incredibly important silence is! Innumerable saints attest to this by the witness of their lives. Notwithstanding, there is something in us that makes us wish it really wasn’t true, or at least, that silence were really not so indispensable. Silence, you see, has very much the specter of death about it (don’t people speak of ‘dead silence’?), and what we want is life! Ah, the saints tell us, silence is like the very salt of life, both conserving it and giving it genuine savor. His life is certainly insipid, who does not know how to keep silence.
Thank you, Holy Father, for reminding me...calling me....to grow in virtue through silence. Convicting.