We live in the most talkative age in the history of the world. It would take millions of men and women in previous ages to communicate to others the same information which one person today provides in a single broadcast.
Do you think that the love of noise and excitement in modern civilization is due in part to the fact that people are unhappy on the inside? Noise exteriorizes us, distracts us, and can sometimes make us forget worries for the moment. Let’s face it… noise; whether it’d be electronic, people, or even music; can fill us, but not fulfill us.
Almost everyone desires some sense of peace, but we usually look in the wrong places. Jesus said:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled.” (John 14:27)
Silence is a beginning. Mother Teresa explains it well:
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. … If your heart is full of worldly things, you cannot hear the voice of God. But when you have listened to his voice in the silence of your heart, then your heart is filled.”
How does one find God in silence? By opening the door of your heart. A Key that can help open that door: Our free will to choose to begin!
Okay – so we want to start!
Begin 3-5 minutes daily by simply being, not doing anything or reading. Don’t give up if you are distracted. Ask God for His help, the grace of silence. Thank God for silence. Silence in daily life is possible!
- Eliminate radio time while driving, cooking, washing dishes.
- Wake up in the morning in silence, (without TV news, or music)
Do not be afraid to be in silence. The fruit of silence can be a deeper desire to pray, to ponder, to think before making choices or decisions. Silence can lead us to peace in our hearts. Remember, Mother Teresa’s words: God is a friend of silence.
You are invited to visit Pilgrim Center of Hope and come spend time in silence in our Chapel, it is open Monday through Friday; 8:30am – 5:30pm.
Mary Jane Fox, D.H.S. is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Pilgrim Center of Hope with her husband, Deacon Tom Fox. The two left their careers after a profound conversion experience and began working full-time in ministry at their parish in 1986. After several years and having impacted tens of thousands of families, the Foxes founded Pilgrim Center of Hope in 1993 as a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization. Mary Jane is an invested member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Dame of the Holy Sepulchre.
Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.