Human existence is a journey of faith and as such, moves ahead more in shadows than in full light, and is no stranger to moments of obscurity and also of complete darkness. While we are on this earth, our relationship with God takes place more by listening than by seeing……And so, this is the gift and duty for each one of us during the season of Lent: to listen to Christ, like Mary. To listen to him in his Word, contained in Sacred Scripture. To listen to him in the events of our lives, seeking to decipher in them the messages of Providence. Finally, to listen to him in our brothers and sisters, especially in the lowly and the poor, for whom Jesus himself demands our concrete love.Pope Benedict XVI, Second Sunday of Lent Commentary, New Daily Missal
Yes, sometimes silence is deafening. Perhaps that is why so many of us avoid it. We fill our lives with noise, comforting background noise. The sound of the television, radio, music, people talking, and the sounds of everyday life. Nothing wrong with that, but sometimes we need more intentional silence in our lives. More balance. More opportunities to ‘unplug’. More time to listen to God.
This piece ‘ Silent watching’ is as much about listening as it is watching. The silence within us, the place where Jesus abides within us, if we let him. The inner place where we can remove our masks and just be.
Which parts of this piece resonate with you the most?
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