SOULCORE LIVING: SILENCE
- Posted by Deanne Miller
- On August 19, 2023
“Not to try to live in interior silence is equivalent to giving up the effort to lead a truly Christian life. The Christian life is a life of faith, lived in the invisible for what is invisible. Anyone who is not in constant contact with the invisible world runs the risk of remaining always on the threshold of a true Christian life. … Solitude is the stronghold of the strong. Strength is an active virtue, and our power of keeping silence marks the level of our capacity for action. ‘Without this interior cell, we would be incapable of doing great things, either for ourselves or for others.'” — Raoul Plus, S.J., An excerpt from How to Pray Always
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noises and restlessness. God is a friend of silence… The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in active life. We need silence to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say, but what God says to us and through us. Jesus is always waiting for us in silence. In this silence he listens to us and speaks to our souls. And there, we will hear his voice… In this silence we find a new energy and a real unity. God’s energy becomes ours, allowing us to perform things well. There is unity of our thoughts with his thoughts, of our prayers with his prayers, of our actions with his actions, of our life with his life.”
We ask in a special way for the intercession of Our Lady of Silence. Indeed, prayer to Our Lady of Silence brings 12 virtues: silence itself, listening, humility, joy, paying attention to others, patience, balance, docility, stability, purity, trust and mercy.
CONSECRATION PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF SILENCE: Oh Virgin Mary, Mother of Silence, I consecrate all of my life to you. Deign to impress upon my heart the Heart of your Son Jesus, who died and rose again for me. In reply to the angel’s joyful annunciation, you said, “Fiat”; at the wedding at Cana, you taught me to do everything the Lord tells me to do; under the cross, you gave me an example of unity with Jesus who was obedient to the Father. Our Lady of Silence, channel of grace, give me each day the grace of sincere conversion and of stability in my vocation. Mary, dew of divine Beauty, reveal how you are a masterpiece of holiness, created at the high price of the blood of Christ. Oh Mary, Cathedral of Silence, make this prayer resound in my heart: “Be not afraid, because you are my child, and you are loved by the heavenly Father.” Holy Mary, lifeboat of souls, bridge between Heaven and Earth, guide me, together with the angels and saints, to build the kingdom of God on Earth, so that I may live in the constant presence of the Most Holy Trinity and desire, for others and for myself, the Eternal peace and joy of the Heavenly Jerusalem. Amen. Fr. Emiliano AntenuccI