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Max Picard’s Silence

Perhaps, without silence for a reference point—something out there that reminds us of our place in the big order of things—the masters of information feel free to shade, obscure, or otherwise manipulate their messages.

Work and Prayer: The Brief Friendship of Thomas Merton and Wendell...

Berry wrote in one of his letters to Merton that “you are one of the few whose awareness of what I’m doing here would be of value to me.” He is acknowledging that he and Merton lead lives of similar mission, lives shaped by work and silence.

And Then Begin Again With What Remains: A 10-Year FPR...

On the tenth anniversary of FPR we must admit a little sadly that we’re still relevant.

Aristotle on Talking to Yourself

“The virtuous man wishes to converse with himself.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, IX Conversations with oneself. They could be a sign that something is wrong. But...

Silence of Monks

“For it becomes the master to speak and to teach, but it beseems the disciple to be silent and to listen.” The Rule of...

Discipline and Silence

“And when it comes to action, put your trust in discipline and silence; in every kind of warfare they count a lot, and particularly...

The Silence of Authority

Sometimes speaking, or holding one’s tongue, can make the difference. All the difference. For life and death. Many in authority today are silent when they...