Excerpt on Silence from Hearing God’s Voice
Talk given by M. Nadine
“Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46: 10 or 11)
Silence is primarily a state of mind, a state of heart. It is this inner room that Jesus talked about where we enter to pray to the Father in secret (Mt 6:6). In the presence of God, we are in the presence of pure Love, and we become very silent because we are communication love to Love, heart to Heart, spirit to Spirit. We need places of silence in our lives, but you don’t want to associate silence with that place. It is a state of mind, a state of heart. You can be in the noisiest of places, in the marketplace, at home busy with children, at the workplace, and still enter into this phenomenal silence within. It is an awareness of that Presence within. You are listening all the time and you are focused with your attention on the Presence within. That is a silent soul. A noisy soul is one who would be doing a lot of talking to oneself, a lot of replaying old tapes.
Charity has a lot to do with silence and maintaining silence. If we are harboring uncharitable thoughts, we are probably having a bit of noise within and a lot of chatter within. You can be in total solitude in your home, and if you are not quiet within because you are not handling certain things that need to be dealt with, you can be very noisy inside and not coming into that presence of God in that immense silence of prayer. So, we need to cultivate and ask for this kind of silence that teaches us how to love, because it provides the climate to listen.
In silence, we hear revelation. The Father reveals in silence, “This is my beloved Son.” Then the Father says, “Listen to Him” (Mk 9:7). The Father is revealing Jesus to us in the silence.
Some of the fruits of silence are found in Is 55:3, “Come to Me heedfully. Listen, that you may have Life.” In this atmosphere of silence, and remember silence is listening prayer, we listen and the fruit of listening is Life. In Jn 10:10, Jesus says, “I have come that you may have Life and have it to the full.” So, we see that silence is one of the ways He gives us Life, because we listen, we hear, we connect, we seek, and we receive Life. Then we have it, Jesus says, “to the full.”
“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." (Lk 1:45)