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Retreat Conference




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not not doing
so calming
shoot staying silent but
so we have a lot of things sh
so after the wings of openness
we are you how to day to day opening sounds of silence
and the how do we begin
maybe we should be listening to the sum of simon and garfunkel the sound of silence
what we could begin with an installation of an italian artist the cloud your permit johnny who play ceasing a large room many huge fence on the floor
and what a powerful experience you could feel of the energy of silence guarded inside the banks
or we could start from the video artist bill viola living and working in long beach
who plunges you in an experience of silence drastically slowing down the movements of the scenes he stages opening your senses to the minimum gestures of the body or of the
faces without any sounds except the movement
but all that would be to delight for so
who better than a theologian can introduce us into the secrets ford's of silence so
today overturning the reason we will follow the tracks first of a theologian than listening to the divine sciences in the gospel and then the silence in for
between among beyond us
so in the summer semester of nineteen thirty three at the university of aberdeen the evangelical theologian dietrich bonhoeffer
inaugurated his course on christology saying
every doctoring on christ begins in silence stay silent because it is the absolute
the silence of the church is the silence in from dr ward
announcing the warped the church actually bounce down in the presence of ineffable
the spoken word is the inexpressible the are not terrible is the word
even if the church shouts it to the word the war to nevertheless remain the indescribable
a correct description of the church in suing from a ride silence is the announcement of christ the speaking of christ should necessarily be and this discourse in this
die lang space of the church
beautiful speech but still academic one
but have release and after some years
that is to say ten years later the nineteen forty four he sent a letter on the occasion of his nephew's baptism this time no more from the university but from
he will be hanged one year later in the concentration come of big and bad he wrote
today you are being baptized without any understanding of the words and gestures but we also are sent back again to the beginnings of our understanding to what is the meaning of rican
still the asian redemption
rebirth and spirit love for the enemy cross and resurrection life in christ all that is so difficult and distant from mass and not the same time we proceed that something rebels
visionary is happening so new that we aren't able to seize or express it and he continues the ancient words have to lose their force and to fall silent
we don't know but there will be a time when some songs are called to pronounce the word god in a renewing transforming way
it will be a new language perhaps not at all religious but able to free to hear like the word some jesus until that moment that cause of the christians will
will be silent and hidden
but there will be persons that continue to pray and to act for what is right waiting for god's time
so for for seats that award is at and and the symptom of the is the crisis over meaningless language
the great words that one time oriented an enlightened the territories of human experience are now like a compass needle gun with while
but not we standing the deep obscurity in into which our understanding has fallen he senses it is not just a mod or silence but a generic to narrative
the prelude to an awakening
it will be an experimental closeness to god as happened in the passage of war action and embodiment of jesus of nazareth
as the divine word is gotten from the side and bosom of the father in the same way to divine may breed in the silent cradle of our soul
so now we move
towards the divine silence in the gospel
john in the product of his gospel in the divine verb in the eternal silence of the beginning
thank to the energy of its ward god breaks it's silence unfolding the creation
and myths and rights evoke a sacred silent and dark origin of the beginning of beings the cosmic outset is emerging as a pure state of and
energy that radiates as the cosmic vibration from the anna turd source resounding in every sound voice and rhythm of the parties of the soul of the mean
and from these eternal primordial silence from where all things come to light god breaks it's attentive silence through the incarnation of jesus he's built
loved son
and the first thirty years of jesus are in shrouded by an impenetrable silence
his journey of revelation begins with an awakening baptism into the found to not be some ship
heart by heart with the wellspring of his father mother he can find this way in to people's heart along the roads he incessantly
then again key response to the appear to retire into silence to regenerate at source in a lonely space not to escape but to go back to the roots of his d
ape identity to enter the blessed sacrament of his solitude to comply with the unspoken loving balls the silent beggar
of our words
we now draw close to the scene of the adult terrorists in john eight
in the middle of a group of furious made is ready to execute a woman in name of the lord jesus defense down at the heart of himself blondie into the powers of nurse and from
i'm that silent core a new first day of creation and recreation dawns
everything stands out the contrast between the law written in stone tables unquestionable and an appealable and his word written on the sand
elusive and silent evoking a law written on our hearts which we cannot appropriate but only surrender to
law of the spirit that interrupts the sacrificial bile and of the grout impersonal and heart full to open our senses to the revelation of the other person not as an
object of judgment but as a living being to listen to welcome
and jesus enter the interplay of communication to transform slavery into a new communicative opportunity overturning the and demeanor and releasing a pro
process of freedom creativity and invention
at we recall also the scene at j cops well in seeker
the meeting between jesus and the begun woman as the married who comes to draw water
a silent and lonely place at noon
a meeting where at every ward and balls their transpires the tenderness of law stronger than every prejudice
prejudices about a woman limits which does samaritan had fell on her own skin
i see shadows of judgments malignancies and traditions that the rat by sitting at the edge of the web melts with the worms of his living waters flowing from the
of charity that loses every wall of separation every ten or of opposition harshness punishment
and christ is especially silent in his own consumption onto the grass when the human beings silence the war
a ban don't into an obese of be
god breaks god's word and with draws into silence
ward becomes spirit create a breath board forth upon us
and the life of the risen christ will be the overcoming of god silence unimaginable and are recognizable immediately by human beings a presence approaching
as in silence marked by an interruption of our customary perception opening us to recognize the invisible in the feasible
we could also say that christie any t doesn't to begin with doing but i'm doing
it begins with one who addressing to the other friend or enemy stranger or brother woman or man doesn't to interpose the weight of things already
eddie decided or refused of issues already formulated of choice is already jumped of absolute rooms but he looks at everything new human and
joyful can happen in a definite context of relationship
christie energy begins after on stopping the machinery of repetition and of abstraction so that something of new may take place in our bodies eyes hands hearts
mine and this new often arises and grows from the silent cave of the soul in the sanctuary of our bodies were treasures are hidden waiting to be reasons
i would like to recall at that point singing oh the sinking
into these silent source of creation by some innovators of spiritual experience or and need augustine benedict romeo on france's clara john of
the grass teresa shown the foucault bit greetings and and all that experience the crumbling of their self-understanding and identity date stuff for the collapsing of their previous
i believe
losing their words and their weren't like a process of desertification they are driven towards a deeper immersion in theirself being opened to the one we cannot know
mysteriously guided beyond their culture and religious setup they participate as actors in the creation of whom they are the creative matter
living on the border between word and silence they become the womb of a new generation of the spirit whereas silence is a nourishing amniotic law
liquid that breathes new organs of perception sharpen their senses
like in funds which literally means a person without words
they are taught by the spirit a new language of chariot in the context where they leave receiving the gift of god's spirit

so finally we approach to the listening of the sounds of silence in for between among and beyond us
so silence in us
as with the transfigured persons we have just referred to him
each one of us have been personally involved in very different ways and a different times of live in such processes of deconstruction of our self consciousness when we realize
lies that the ground we are on is not steady at all
as we imagined but bewildering gusts arise from the unknown and affect us
in such predicaments will discover that what we usually consider the familiar building of our reality manifests further rooms stairs floors profoundly
this complexities unexpressed or wounded potentialities that make us lean out the blaze us
and it is enough to have resounding in us such evident words like
bay delight
trust evil
we soon proceed that each one of them open us to boundless depths of meaning
where words become like shadows
you learn to listen to them as you listen to the see in the shell disclosing fabulous ungraspable words
there are silence he now what war words brats sounds visions inspirations
designed in our words corresponds to the refreshing breezing in our bodies
our saying is pervaded and cadence by silences
words and gestures walk move and join us from silence like stars twinkling in the night bar of heaven
reason words that go out of the tomb where we fix them reviving our for you the info sphere
withered words that renew bay thing in the uranium streams of silence
and what an intense experience i had visiting monterey aquarium
breast how the silent ocean floor is crowded by so many presences a different levels of deaths whereas at the surface nothing is visible and similarly i
i was awakened to our words or emotions swimming in silence at different layers of our unfathomable being were another life lights up
so truthfully i have to witness also the liquefying experience of words and thoughts when i visited the wine shops in napa valley
at the end i was also leaving in a silent ending ducks gate atmosphere
so what on earth could be our spiritual journey if not a style and enlargement of our borders the borders of listening of carrying of him
a process of detachment from the immediacy of our side of from his of formation and sovereignty from the working faculties of our mind and will
we discover ourselves as other from what we believe to be with womb we identify awakening to further liar or or of feeling
we experience freedom
opening to that ground without ground to the divine breeze breathing in nance as they italian poet to set a hunger at the sings
after so much fog
one by one unveil the stars
i breathe the fresh that leaves me heavens color
i acknowledge my self
trains and transient image
caught in to anymore to turn
and now silence for between among us
as a primordial condition to communicate between i and my style you and i or among guns we need distances places in which to shelter to
best to heal to collect our silence
we discovered silence as a safeguard a place that is no one's own
and this pristine nobody plays becomes for us the possibility to enter in the presence of one another
to approach the other one in a new tactful way
to speak and not already definite language but at throbbing language that we generate together
pregnant of the possibilities and surprises that we ourselves allow to happen
and that is again and again at challenge to sharpen our listening to the i'm pronounce the words of our interlocutor
the crevices of he's of her voice
all that means we let the transcendence breeze among us
we preserve each one from every trap
we learned to appreciate that the other is irreducible
you will never beat me or mine
if i nurse silence if i guard obscurity as a womb for my own secret i will learn to respect and to foster the invisible eating
the immensity of your soul
at every moment i let myself be surprised by a secret that is developing is appearing between you and i or among us
we need our rise on of the unknown to approach each other being the advent of me and of us never exposed informed line we can take shelter and grow
pro where shadow becoming listening are
and finally silence bayonne us
experiencing silence our senses soften
what we perceive at the beginning as definite and solid it overflows its borders manifests other shades and landscapes
silence is often compare to darkness guarding another quality of light
the boy to steven steven oneness in by such to throw a way delights
the definition
and see of what you see in the dark when the crust of she has been destroyed
so there is a night we know that surrounds us and then there is another night that we never have in from or bars or around us because it thrives in
another side of the night interrupting the primacy of our productions bringing us back to silence and these in in this new earth and sky of gratuity with
discover every being as use less an unproductive awesomeness
and it is not true that our most precious things are useless
what is friendship
love faith god the lilies of the field and the birds of the air music if not useless
and are we still human without these use alumnus that burst open on onto immensity
waves a going the reason of eternity
the music of grace
god as a silent music that enliven us
as it happened to the to the jewish pianists in the movie the pianist of roman polanski
who destroyed by persecutions brutalized by terror and dispossess of his identity by incessant flights hidden as if he didn't exist in the silence
i have an empty house he imagines playing on the mute keyboard of a piano the precious music key guards in his heart that keeps him alive
the end it will be the music that saves him the music that goes beyond the inhumanity of human beings and resounds also in the soul of the enemy
creating a tent or breach of grains
so we leave the last words to i think a russian buried their knees lesson tough where is the to

since eisenhower actually america
where is an angel and into restaurant
no driving snow in the press power
but my september
outside the star shadow name is and a huge arms about i heard
i read a check-in air the blurb asters of ground for and gold tough seems from other
and that's what i hear only bad
such clear walls are curved planet
i see the violent gesticulation
i'm feel no not nothing
but in this general hey nothing comments
it is pleasant in here
history bow volume turned all
a bad of iron by they put around a split tree circle my all
in here it is pleasant
but when i opened my mouth to speak
i too am soundless
where is the angel to rest when and would not my style but my photos
so curses and blessing low storming out and the glass shattered and the iron standards