How often do we take time to listen to the Lord? To take time in silence? Sometimes we come into the church and we are in such a rush. We come in seconds before Mass begins and we leave right after Mass is over. We don’t take time to sit in quiet just to be with the Lord. Or when we are here, we rattle off prayer after prayer after prayer or read a book or have to say something. We can never be in silence. We are a people who are afraid to be quiet. We get in the car, and we turn on the radio. We go in the house and we turn on the television in one room, we turn on the stereo in another, we go in the bedroom and turn on the TV there. There is so much noise, noise, noise that you just want to throw all those noise makers into the trash.
The noise drives me nuts after a while. You know, I love music. I have my ipod and I have thousands of songs on it, but after a while, you listen to it and it just does nothing for you. We are not made for noise. We are made to be filled with the Lord, and anything else we try to fill our inside with, after a while, we have enough of it. Now music is beautiful. It was created by God. We can worship God and praise Him by listening to music, but it’s not God. You need the Lord to fill the inside. You need to be alone with the Lord.
He wants to speak to us, but we’ll never hear God’s voice or hear the Lord speaking to us unless we take time for silence. I’m not saying you are going to hear His voice coming down from heaven saying, “I want you to do this.” No, that’s not how God normally works. He speaks in the quiet. He speaks through the movements in our hearts and our souls, to lead us to do things that are good, to lead us to avoid things that are evil.
So if we feel that God is there, how do we know it’s God’s voice? Well, first and foremost those inner promptings will never go against what Sacred Scripture teaches. It never goes against the teachings of the Church. I’ve heard people say, “Well, the Lord wants me to do this and the Church is wrong.” Well, the Church isn’t wrong. The Fathers of the Church always said, right from the beginning, “Where there is Christ, there is the Church.” If we separate ourselves from the voice of the Church, we separate ourselves from the voice of Christ. So let us take time to get in the habit, to take time for silence, to be alone with the Lord. If you can’t do it in the Church, do it in your homes. Shut off the television, put the vacuum cleaner away because there is going to be more dust after you finish. Spend time alone with the Lord. Spend time alone with Him in the silence.
You know why we don’t like silence? Because when we go into silence, first and foremost we have to listen to our insides. “You have to do this. You have to do that. If you don’t do this, you’re going to be out of touch with everybody else in the neighborhood.” Our minds run away. Then you start to see your imperfections, faults, and failings because, when we are in silence with God, we open our heart and the Lord says, “You know, you’re not right because you are doing this” or “You’re not doing that.” Silence is what leads us into the heart of God. It leads us into contemplative prayer, and contemplative prayer leads us into deep union with Jesus Christ. If we don’t take time for silence, it will never happen.
So today let’s make a commitment to spend at least five minutes a day with God in silence each day. Then make it ten minutes, fifteen, twenty. Then see if eventually you can spend an hour in silence with the Lord. Then, after a while, you will see that things will begin to happen. You are going to hear His voice–not an audible voice (maybe you will but very few people hear an audible voice). You will hear Him speaking within your heart, giving you impulses, that sense that they say women have, that sixth sense. They know what’s happening with their kids and their family because the Lord speaks in their heart. Usually women are more open to being moved by the Spirit. That’s why they have this sense with their kids. Each one of us has this sense. It’s called the grace of God. We have to seek that grace in silence.
God love you,