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SILENCE

In spiritual terms, the conscious effort to communicate with God or the invisible world of faith in preference to conversation with other people. It is, therefore, not the mere absence of sound or physical stillness, except as wither a precondition for recollection of spirit or the perceptible effect of being recollected. (Etym. Latin silere, to be still, noiseless.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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