Saint Peter (II Peter 3:16) says the writings of Saint Paul are extremely difficult to understand—and I Corinthians 14:34-35 seems an example. But I have something else to say about silence in church: it depends upon the time of day. I have responsibility over four (4) Masses each Sunday, and there are “levels” of silence. All the Masses are full, but they are completely different. Somebody sent me recordings from each Mass, with the microphone in the same location. At the 7:30am Mass, you can hear a pin drop. But at the 11:00am, the “silence” is a mind-boggling cacophony of sounds.
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