Seeks quiet before Mass
To the editor:
Bishop Matano’s column “Monasteries exemplify importance of silent time with God” (Nov. 5, 2018) was most powerful and inspiring in discussing the value of silence in prayer in general and especially in the time before Mass.
Between the Pope’s words and the Bishop’s, the word silence, far more profound than quiet, is repeated at least 14 times.
Going back years, the ‘Gathering Space’ tradition has over time pretty much snuffed out pre-Mass reverent silence. Today before Mass, inane and often noisy chatter fills the sanctuaries. This is disrespectful primarily to Jesus in His own house, but also to those congregants who might be trying to have the ‘cor ad cor’ conversation with him.
Steven F Murphy
Colton Ave., Newark