"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." - Jerome

Friday, April 06, 2007

I just viewed a superb movie called "Into Great Silence." The film maker spent 6 months filming the lives of the monks of Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps. The film first makes you restless with the silence of the monastery. Then, you find the rest of the world to be too noisy, and the aesthetic life of the monks engulf you. Everything is done slowly. Everything gains new beauty. You begin to realize; God is not experienced most in the greatest of things, but as 1 Kings 19:11-13 says:
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

1 comment:

Aaron said...

I will have to check it out. One thing I have noticed with Evangelicalism is that it is very noisy!! And people are very opinionated about what kind of noise they make in their church. I long for something active yet sometimes quite. My Quaker friend says he misses that part of his old religion the most. Quakers would have a lot of quite time in their services. I guess this is the biggest draw of mass to me. Quite time spend on my knees. Anyway, I look forward to seeing this!