Into Great Silence – 2005

Into Great Silence provides a pretty raw and on-the-edge feeling of how these Monks live away from the world, as a constant practice and dedication to God. Viewers may gradually sense that the walls that surround the Grande Chartreuse are not so much like the confining walls of a prison; paradoxically, it seems that people living within these walls are truly free, and it is we outside that are more like prisoners. There’s something wonderful about the stillness, austerity, and complete sense of purpose shown in this way of life; the humble, well-worn and patched robes of the Monks seem somehow to be far more dignified than the finest clothes of a wealthy man. To speak of wealth in those ‘outer’ terms!Worth checking out if you’d like to experience a hint of something great and profound.

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