Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Monastery, Pope Michael, Sanctification | 1 comment

The prophet Isaias says: “ For thus saith the Lord God the Holy One of Israel: If you return and be quiet, you shall be saved: in silence and in hope shall your strength be. And you would not:” (Isaias 30:15) In silence and in hope shall your strength be. Let us consider the value and necessity of silence in the spiritual life.

In silence you shall possess your souls. God will not speaks to us amidst the noise and turmoil of the world. He needs us to retire to a desert place where He can speak to us. Speaking of our soul, the prophet Osee writes: “Therefore, behold I will allure her, and will lead her into the wilderness: and I will speak to her heart.” (Osee 2:14) God speaks to us in silence, which is why we need to block out time each day to retire in silence to pray and listen for the voice of God.

Of our own times we read in Apocalypse (12:14): “And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” While we remain in the desert let us practice silence and prayer.

Venerable Louis of Grenada writes: “Indeed, I do not know whether it would not be better to honor charity in silence, since it cannot be adequately praised with words.”

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  1. The word of the Pope, Praise be to God. Amen to silence. I practice silence so that Angels can reprove and edify me. “Have mercy upon me O Lord, according to thy loving kindness.” Psalm 50. I am defenseless, I am a gross malefactor, I admit that to God, and stand in silence as judgment is cast. “Psalm 18 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
    1 The heavens shew forth the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the work of his hands. ” My expperience is that when i am cast into the ditch of depravity by my own self-condemnation, the Lord will shew forth a path unto Jerusalem. Praise be unto the Lord who uplifts the self-castigated.

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