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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


JonathanCatholic said...

For our God, Jesus the Christ, was conceived in
the womb by Mary according to a dispensation, of the
seed of David but also of the Holy Ghost; and He was
Born and was Baptized that by His Passion He might
cleanse Water.

And hidden from the prince of this world were
the Virginity of Mary and her Child-bearing and
likewise also the Death of the Lord -- three Mysteries
to be cried aloud -- the which were wrought in the
Silence of God.- St. Ignatius of Antioch, A.D. 107

From silence we commune with the Lord, who though He was the omnipotent Voice, at whose silent Will the stars assembled and the earth was formed, became silent in the Womb of the Blessed Virgin. The Word was made man in silence, was born in silence, lived thirty years of life in silence, suffered in silence, and died in silence. His life is the Silence of God, and let us commune with that Silence in contemplation and prayer. Let us share in that communication unspeakable, silent communication sublime, which for nine months the Word spoke to His Body and Church. in her Womb.

Supertradmum said...

JonathanCatholic, you said it better than I did.

Anita Moore said...

Silence is one of the big reasons I think the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is better than the Mass of Paul VI: whereas the latter is filled with noise, the former is filled with silence. I think of the silence during the Canon of the Mass as the expectant hush over Calvary as the Savior breathes His last.