Thursday, November 05, 2009

Principles and Practices - November 6

The Value of Silence

Do you wish to be a man of prayer, to con­verse familiarly with God, to be free from bad thoughts, and to be always in a dis­position to receive Divine inspirations? Take care to live in recollection and silence. A great noise hinders us from hearing what is said to us; in like manner, much business and idle talk permit us not to listen to these inspirations, nor to conceive in our hearts what they would urge us to. When God wishes to converse with a soul, He desires to be alone with her. 'I will allure her, and will lead her into the wilderness, and I will speak to her heart.' (Osee ii, 14.)

From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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