June 4, 2012

Silence is disappearing in the world, said the keynote speaker at conference on World Communications Day.

"Everyone is tweeting and texting. We need to get over ourselves and to ask God to help us get outside ourselves," said Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor-at-large of National Review Online.

Lopez recommended that everyone commit to an hour of silence a day to listen to God and to one another.

"Silence is not an escape; it's meant to be an integral part of our lives," she said.

Lopez used Archbishop Fulton Sheen as an example of a great communicator who took time out of every day to make a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament.

Her comments came at the Brooklyn Diocese's annual World Communications Day conference and luncheon May 18.

The topic came from the theme of Pope Benedict's message for World Communications Day, Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization.

Lopez pointed out that the pope says silence is necessary because it allows time for contemplation and time to listen to one another, without which no real dialogue or conversation can take place.