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  • Writer's pictureDr. Anthony Lilles

Silence and the Order of Holiness

Those who would prayerfully ponder the silence of Mary discover that the sacred has a certain structure—it is structured out of and into silence in a manner that evokes awe and reverence. That is, Mary helps us see that the sacred unfolds as hierarchy. It has the form of a heavenly temple: a hierarchy of love and truth in which evermore tender silences enter and from which they flow. Such silences are not empty—they bear glory, the splendor of truth, the radiance of goodness. One is ever more set apart from the merely mundane the closer one draws. The more one descends this deepest center in humility, the more one ascends this dazzling height in hope. The Word made flesh unveils the pathway of descent and ascent by the mystery of the Cross. In this revelation, the Church is made holy and immaculate. He began this great work when he chose to raise humanity to the right hand of the Father by going down into the silent depths of His mother's womb. By her profound "Let it be done", humanity's deepest silence conceived heaven's greatest Canticle. Her Immaculate Heart resounds with this mystery and to enter this sanctuary is to be bathed in Mercy. God has shown here a merciful holiness, one opening to ever more meaningful silences, fullnesses of life. Souls that would dare ponder such manifestation of God's power discover the greater the reverence and awe, the more mercy flows.

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