Thursday, June 14, 2018
Prayerful silence is important for all of us
In #151 Pope Francis asks: "Are there moments when you place yourself quietly in the Lord's presence, when you calmly spend time with him, when you bask in his gaze? Do you let his fire inflame your heart? Unless you let him warm you more and more with his love and tenderness, you will not catch fire. How will you then be able to set the hearts of others on fire by your words and witness? If, gazing on the face of Christ, you feel unable to let yourself be healed and transformed, then enter into the Lord's heart, into his wounds, for that is the abode of divine mercy. ( Cf. Bernard of Clairvaux).
#152 Pope Francis asks that we never regard prayerful silence as a "form of escape and rejection of the world around us.
The reason I love retreats so much is that we sink into deep silence and can listen to God because of exterior and interior silence.