05 Mar

In today’s Gospel at Mass, the voice from the cloud tells us that we should “Listen to Him” (Jesus). Let us prayerfully reflect on what some people have said about listening, especially to God.

  • Half an hour’s listening to God is essential except when you are very busy. Then a full hour’s listening is needed. (St Francis de Sales)
  • Silence is essentially a surrender to the holiness of the divine mystery. (St Wendy)
  • We need silence in order to touch souls. (Blessed Mother Teresa)
  • Listening in a dialogue is listening more to meaning than to words… In true listening we reach beyond the words, see through them, to find the person who is being revealed. Listening is a search to find the treasure of the true person as revealed verbally and non-verbally. There is the semantic problem, of course. The words bear a different connotation for you than they do for me. Consequently, I can never tell you what you have said, but only what I heard. I will have to rephrase what you have said, and check it out with you to make sure that what left your mind and heart arrived in my mind and heart intact and without distortion. (John Powell – Theologian)
  • We don’t want to listen to God because we are afraid of what He might tell us. (Anonymous)
  • There is a lot of difference between listening and hearing. (G. K. Chesterton – Catholic Writer
  • The entire way of life of stillness is interwoven with the following three virtues: with faith that comes from listening, and with hope and love, out of which real faith is made known. (Dadisho – Syriac spiritual writer – 2nd century)
  • Listen as though your life depended on it. It does. (The Art of Pilgrimage)
  • Remember this. When people choose to withdraw from a fire, the first continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself, but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God. (St Augustine)
  • Grant that I may not so much seek to be understood as to understand. (St Francis)
  • Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine. (Andrew Murray)
  • Of all human activities, man’s listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will. (Pope Paul VI)
  • But what I would like to say is a life in which you gradually learn to listen to a voice that says something else, that says, “You are the beloved and on you my favour rests.”… I want you to hear that voice. It is not a very loud voice because it is an intimate voice. It comes from a very deep place. It is soft and gentle. (Henry Nouwen – Catholic writer)

– From: Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris 2/2016

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