Praying with a Sense of Hearing

Listen to the silence of God

As there is often silence between us as humans, so can there be silence between God and us.

We can also experience these silences in our prayer. We often ask God for something and he does not seem to answer for various reasons; he wants us to wait; he wants to keep us in the dark as not all knowledge is good for us; he may know the answer lies just down the road and we will receive it soon; etc. At times his silence expresses mercy and forgiveness, at other times it may be reproachful and is meant to lead us to repentance; or sometimes it may just be wonderful and loving silence in which we feel as if we were in heaven. All silences of God tell us something, though we may sometimes think the meaning hard to find.

Let us meditate on this silence

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