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Sunday, 8 July 2012

The Missing Element of Prayer-Silence

I do wish the culture would revert back to the days when silence in Church was the rule.  If one is not silent, one cannot listen. May I quote Mother Theresa for back-up:

Papa Stronsay
“It was not until 1973, when we began our daily Holy Hour that our community started to grow and blossom... In our congregation, we used to have adoration once a week for one hour, and then in 1973, we decided to have adoration one hour every day.  We have much work to do.  Our homes for the sick and dying destitute are full everywhere.  And from the time we started having adoration every day, our love for Jesus became more intimate, our love for each other more understanding, our love for the poor more compassionate, and we have double the number of vocations.  God has blessed us with many wonderful vocations. The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day.”

Audience means listening. And, I quote her again:

The fruit of silence is PRAYER 
The fruit of prayer is FAITH 

The fruit of faith is LOVE 
The fruit of love is SERVICE 
The fruit of service is PEACE