When you pray, it is important to make inner silence, not because it has value in itself but because it disposes you to listen to an Other, different from your own voice. Do not confuse the search for peace with the search for God, who is the source of life.
A true inner silence is a gift that the Holy Spirit gives to your heart. You cannot force it because it does not depend on your own will or on your efforts, you cannot set up it. What can you do, then? Dispose your body and mind to receive it.
It is difficult to be completely present to an Other, here and now, and not in our thoughts. Because of this difficulty a disciple asked Jesus to “teach us to pray” and He taught them the “Our Father”. Prayer is first of all to respond to the love of the Father.
How can I dispose my heart to prayer? Many insist on the importance of the “silence of the heart“. As one father said once: “Blessed are those who heard the words of Jesus, but blessed are those who heard his silence.” Enter the silence of your heart.
Remaining silent allows me to listen to what I no longer hear: everything that had gone unnoticed until then, all those little things that seem unimportant until Other comes to speak to me. Because in the Christian spiritual tradition silence and listening go hand in hand.
Remaining silent allows me to listen to what I no longer hear: everything that had gone unnoticed, everything that surrounds me, all those little things that seem unimportant but through which Other comes now to speak to me. Remain in inner silence, let the Lord speak to you. #MissionaryOctober
The Quiet of The Heart. When I remain present, here and now, all that inner talk, those thoughts that agitate me, those worries that take over me and prevent me from listening to the One that comes to meet me, are finally silenced. Pay attention to your breath, your body, make yourself present to enter the quiet of the heart.
The silence of the heart. If often we are only talking to ourselves during our prayers and fail to find anybody, it is because we are too filled with ourselves and we have not learned to fully empty the temple that is our heart. Practice entering the quiet that is not effort but rest.
The Quiet, a way of encounter II.
In our lives, often overwhelmed by noise, disturbed and stressed, we long for quiet, which helps us to meet and unite. The risk then is to merely pray to seek quiet, to find calm and inner peace. We risk confusing the search for quiet with the search for God, Who is the source of life.
The Quiet, a way of encounter III.
To pray, praying, is always to prepare oneself for this encounter, that of God revealed as Father, that of the Risen Jesus Christ and that of the Holy Spirit who acts in our hearts. Quiet prepares us for this encounter; it should not be sought for itself. What things help you to enter into the quiet for the meeting with the Lord?
The Quiet, a way of encounter IV.
The true silence of the heart is granted by the Holy Spirit We cannot take hold of it in our hands as if it depended on our efforts. Its fruit is Peace, and it is granted to us. We must not confuse it with inner calm or stillness. We cannot generate it, but we can prepare ourselves to it. Quiet should not be sought for itself, but this is nevertheless the way to find the Lord