Tuesday, December 23, 2008

his post, "first class"
Silence. We all need it. Especially these days! But it's my belief that many simply are afraid of it. To be "STILL AND KNOW..." means that God might indeed speak, and I think many people don't want to hear Him, even if they say they do, because they're too comfy in their skin, in their mess, in their "own brand" of "religion" to have to delve deeper. To go out to the deep and cast their nets is a scary thing. But on the Sea of Galilee they fish 'at night'.... the night for the most part is much more quiet than the day, and there's a lot of "listening" to do on a boat, at night.... and I learned the reason they fish at night is because during the day, the fish actually can see the nets and swim around them. So, at night the biggest catches are much more common. If you sit and ponder this in silence, quiet your heart, I wonder what God would say about that 'fact' to you? He's telling me that even during the day, I'm to "pull away" from the noise, even for a minute or two and just 'listen.' I don't do it as much as I should, but I've been doing it more of late, and the results are a more peaceful heart/mind/soul. That goes a long way in a crowded, clamoring,clanging world, because that peace can't help but 'show'..... ya know?

May all my readers have a most blessed and silent Christmas...enjoy the merriment with family and friends, but don't forget to wait and pause in the cave's stable...and maybe you'll hear the Baby Jesus breathing life into you.


Nancy said...

One of the best things that happened this Advent is one of the parishes in town starting up a perpetual adoration chapel, the only one in the city. I'd signed up for an hour on Saturdays and now increased my slot to two hours (an hour really goes by fast). Especially at this time of year, when the rat race in the malls starts so early, the oasis of silence, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, is sooooo irresistable. Love it.

Tiber Jumper said...

Merry Christmas to you and Rich!

Joyful Catholics said...

Thanks TJ, and Nancy.