Vol 21 No 1 2014

Being Attentive to Silence

Meredith Secomb


This paper posits silence as a transcendental reality, present wherever beauty, truth and goodness are found. We can fear the presence of silence while at the same time suffering from its absence. Yet learning to be attentive to the bodily felt-sense of silence means that we are better able to bridge authentically the gap between our interior world and the demands of the exterior world. This paper draws on the work of psychologist and henomenologist, Robert Sardello, to support its argument, as well as that of Ignatian-formed theologians, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Bernard Lonergan and Brian O'Leary.