God would like to talk with you. How often are we guilty of sending vocal prayers upward, without listening for a response? Yet, we expect God to hear our prayers and do something about them. Did it ever dawn on you that perhaps, just perhaps, the solution, the response needed to your prayer, might come in the form of listening to God speak? How does God speak to us, you ask?
If you are like me, your mind is constantly analyzing, assessing, deciding, working every moment of every day. I can’t seem to sit down and just be quiet – silent – yet I must, if I am to discern God’s will for me. With difficulty, I make every attempt at being silent and listening to God, especially every Wednesday afternoon when I sit in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Yet, I always seem to have a lot to say to God, and I am guilty of not letting Him get a word in edgewise when I pray. I pour my heart out to Him in prayer, and I try to listen to God speak to my heart, but He doesn’t get much of a chance with me jabbering away.
Silence is a virtue. It is important for us to listen to God; to give Him our time by simply listening. He speaks to us in several different ways. Perhaps it is through a passage from Scripture. Perhaps it is through the voice of a loved one. Perhaps He speaks directly to your heart in prayer, giving you His peace. Perhaps it is via a whisper as you sit silently in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.
Into this most intimate relation – God and I – we do not come by speaking, but only by silence; when we are recollected, our inmost soul is opened and the sacred presence can manifest itself. – Fr. Romano Guardini
I am reassured by Father Guardini who affirms that silence must be learned; that a person must practice silence just like any other acquired virtue. That means that there is hope for me! I so want the Sacred Presence manifesting itself to me. I want to listen! I want to be silent! How else will my heart hear His will for me?
Why should we listen to God? We’ll answer that question in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!