A note at the LobsterPot directed my attention to Fr. Stephen's piece, The Sound of Silence. It is a worthwhile read today as we think about the loss of the living Word that the disciples experienced. I quote from the piece:
St. Ignatius of Antioch said, “He who possesses in truth the word of Jesus can hear even its silence...”
"In a strange way we live in a world that is hungry for silence – not for the empty silence that grinds everything beneath it. We hunger for a silence that is capable of bearing the fullness of the Word – a silence that is filled with the praise and joy of God."
Thanks Fr. Stephen.