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Pope Benedict XVI is asking everyone to quiet down. In his annual communications message released Tuesday, Benedict extolled the sounds of silence. He said a little bit of quiet makes people better listeners and better communicators by giving them more time to think about what they are hearing and saying.
While on the surface this may seem like an odd recommendation, listening is a skill that seems far too absent in many sectors of today’s society. And in a world inundated by Tweets, Facebook statuses and 24-hour news coverage, that precious time to think and reflect gives words greater value, he said.
This year, his attention turned to the need to occasionally tune out the social media information overload to allow time for greater reflection. He called for striking a balance between silence, words, images and sounds.
“By remaining silent, we allow the other person to speak, to express him or herself, and we avoid being tied simply to our own words and ideas without them being adequately tested,” he said.
Silence also allows for greater discernment about what is really worth listening to, Benedict said. And of course, it allows for prayer, contemplation and silent conversation with God.
the pope's speech applies to all beliefs. be you god fearing,or an athiest,this still applies to everyone in our modern society.
It may be that your question is light-hearted, but may I treat it seriously for a moment?
I do find it quite hilarious that the Pope is telling everyone to shut up...
I agree with the man...
But are humans becoming that obnoxious?
That the Pope has to tell us to shut up?
It may be that you were so upset that you weren't thinking as clearly as you would have liked, but if you did mean this, then Catholicism must be the proper religion and I am grateful for your confirmation.
He crucifies Christ on the sign of Tammuz and transmutes the bread and wine into his actual flesh and blood. Drinking blood and eating the flesh of God is blasphemy of the highest order
Turning bread and wine into flesh and blood? The flesh and blood of God? If a priest can do that every Sunday then we are seeing miracles on a regular basis.