Listen to him. He listens to God.

Posted on April 14, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

He who does not listen to God has nothing to say to men.
— Hans Urs von Balthasar
“My real program of governance is not to do my own will, not to pursue my own ideas, but to listen, together with the whole Church, to the word and the will of the Lord, to be guided by Him, so that He Himself will lead the Church at this hour of our history. ”
– Pope Benedict XVI at the Mass of Inauguration of his Petrine MinistryApril 24, 2005
Listening as a Counter-Part of Silence
True silence is sometimes absence of speech–but it is always the act of listening. The mere absence of noise which is empty of our listening to the voice of God is not silence. A day filled with noise and voices can be a day of silence, if the noises become for us the echo of the presence of God, if the voices are for us messages and solicitations of God. When we speak of ourselves and are filled with ourselves, we leave silence behind. When we repeat the intimate words of God that he has left within us, our silence remains intact.

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