Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Another Lent Preparation

These are words I'll be taking to heart this Lent. It states my sentiments on needing to take more time with nature--to have more quiet time, to just be. It's from a handout I received during an LMC retreat a few years ago.

The God of Silence

He said to them, "Come by yourselves to an out-of-the-way place and rest a little." Mark 6:31

Silence of the heart, not only of the mouth, is necessary. Then you can hear God everywhere; in the closing of the door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, the animals--that silence which is wonder and praise. Why? Because God is everywhere, and you can see and hear him. That crow is praising God. That stupid crow! I can hear it. We can see and hear God in that  crow. . .
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in the noise and restlessness. See how nature, the trees, the flowers and the grass grow in perfect silence. See the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence . . . "God is the friend of silence. His language  is silence." Be still and know that I am God. He requires us to be silent to discover him. In the silence of the heart, God speaks to us. . . We need to be alone with God in silence to be renewed and to be transformed. Silence gives us a new outlook on life. In it we are filled the grace of God, which makes us do all things with joy.

                                                                                                                                  Mother Teresa