The Sound of Silence

There’s a whole lot of noise out there in the world, always something looking to hold our attention hostage. A lot of it is our responsibilities, which we can’t help, like work, studies, and family. But then there’s everything else. The stuff that doesn’t really matter yet it captivates our attentions anyway, sometimes for hours on end. The mundane. The latest gossip, social media, television, drinking and partying in excess, video games, the list goes on and on. Just about anywhere you turn, especially in a city, there’s something that can easily occupy you.

Lots of noise, lots of talking, lots of running around. Buying, selling, planning, and accomplishing. Busy, busy, busy. Stuck in traffic, waiting on line, or rushing here or there.

Distractions. In the home, in the streets, in our minds, hearts, and in some cases, even during Holy Mass. Tranquil organs and pianos long replaced by electric guitars and drum sets, booming basses and synthesizers. Exuberant shouting, clapping, and dancing. Often times feeling like a rock concert than Mass. No time for pausing, no time for reflecting.

Just the constant filling ourselves up with noise, distractions, nonsense, buzz, loud music, opinions, ideologues, worries, fears, plans! Noise! Noise! Noise!

Okay, okay.

Deep breath.

Count to three.

Let it go.

Better? I hope so.

Now that I’ve taken it down a notch, did you happen to notice anything missing from all that day to day?

You’ve checked your current events. Cooked your meals. Gassed up your car. Did your homework. Called your best friend or loved one. Ran your errands. Paid that rent or phone bill on time.

But did you make time to do one very important thing?

“But when you pray, go to your private room, shut yourself in, and so pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.” [Matthew 6:6]

What happened to the silence?

What happened to prayer?

How are we supposed to have an encounter with Christ when everybody’s too busy running around, staring at a computer screen, or even dancing during Mass to notice him at the Altar?

How are we supposed to hear His voice with all the distraction?

Are we giving any real time to communicate with God?

Are we paying attention at all to what He’s trying to reveal to us?

Truth is a whisper. And if we want to hear the ultimate Truth, Way, and Life Himself, we must empty ourselves of all that’s drowning out His voice. We need time for silence, for prayer, for Jesus. We need time for the interior life, for contemplation on the Word, and the Divine Will. Jesus Himself explained such to St. Faustina as written in her diary:

“When you reflect upon what I tell you in the depths of your heart, you profit more than if you had read many books. Oh, if souls would only want to listen to My voice when I am speaking in the depths of their hearts, they would reach the peak of holiness in a short time” [584]

When we give our time to Him, we merit more than we could imagine for our minds, bodies, and spirits. By opening the ears of our hearts, we’re then open to the graces and mysteries the Lord is waiting to share with us. We’re open to His consolation, His wisdom, and His boundless love. Setting ourselves free from distractions gives us an opportunity to truly connect with Him through our prayers and meditations, allowing the Lord to teach us that which we lack.

The Blessed Mother has even talked about the importance of this in her messages in Medjugorje as well:

April 25, 2006 – “…You do not see God, little children, but if you pray you will feel His nearness…”

July 25, 2006 – “…little children, seek time also for the soul. In silence may the Holy Spirit speak to you and permit Him to convert and change you…”

May 25, 2007 – “…In the silence of your heart, seek salvation for your soul and nurture it with prayer…”

Nov. 25, 2007 – “…Little children, give time to God that He may transform you and fill you with His grace, so that you may be a grace for others…”

July 25, 1989 – “…Open yourselves to God and surrender to him all your difficulties and crosses so, God may turn everything into joy. Little children, you cannot open yourselves to God if you do not pray. Therefore, from today, decide to consecrate a time in the day only for an encounter with God in silence. In that way you will be able, with God, to witness my presence here. Little children, I do not wish to force you. Rather freely give God your time, like children of God…”

July 25, 1998 – “…You cannot speak or witness about prayer, if you do not pray. That is why, little children, in the silence of the heart, remain with Jesus, so that He may change and transform you with His love…”

Whether it’s in the tranquil quiet of a Church, bedroom, or anyplace where you can shut the whole world out, we need to take the time to stop and reflect on the Divine Will. We can do this by contemplating the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous mysteries during the recitation of the Rosary; by reading Scripture; by praying with the heart and offering all our joys and troubles to Jesus and Mary. But most of all, by putting to death our own will and human intellect, and like children give ourselves completely to Him.

Not my will, Lord, but yours be done! Take care of everything!

In the silence of our hearts, let us surrender ourselves to His loving Sacred Heart. He will answer. Our Heavenly Mother will help also by her tender, and reliable intercession. We just have to be humble and listen.