Pilgrimpace's Blog

the big silence
October 26, 2010, 7:04 am
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

The Big Silence is an excellent programme about prayer on Friday nights on BBC 2 (or available online here).  The programme blurb says:

Abbot Christopher Jamison, a Benedictine monk, believes that he can teach five ordinary people the value of silent meditation, as practised by monks in monasteries, so they can make it part of their everyday lives. He sets up a three-month experiment to test out whether the ancient Chrisitan tradition of silence can become part of modern lives.

In this episode, Christopher brings the five volunteers to his own monastery, Worth Abbey, before sending them to begin a daunting eight days in complete silence at a specialist retreat centre.

If this is read alongside a deep commitment to the Kingdom of God, that is to be cooperating with God’s work for peace and justice, it is excellent.

5 Comments so far
Leave a comment

Yes, I watched the first episode of this. Looks interesting. We’ll see how it develops.

Comment by solitary walker

yes – it will be fascinating to see what happens.
I like very much the attempt to show that praying can be so much more than intercessing,


Comment by pilgrimpace

Will have to give this a look see! But then part of me cries out the all American answer to all of lifes problems….even the grand silence…Duct Tape!! :-0 Groan!! Sorry couldn’t resist!! 🙂 karin

Comment by Karin

Ok..so for a serious comment. I can’t seem to access it. It comes up as not available in my area. any thoughts?

Comment by Karin

Sorry Karin, it’s possible it is UK only. You’ll have to keep an eye out to see if it will be shown in the US (might be worth emailing the BBC to find out) or there may be a book tie in. Christopher Jamison’s ‘Finding Sanctuary’ is definitely worth reading.

Otherwise – make do with duct tape,


Comment by pilgrimpace

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: