The Importance of Listening and a Prayer for Openness

Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. 
They do not find it among Christians, 
because these Christians are talking where they should be listening. 

But he who can no longer listen to his brother[or sister]
will soon be no longer listening to God either; 
he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God too. 
This is the beginning of the death of the spiritual life … 

One who cannot listen long and patiently 
will presently be talking beside the point 
and be never really speaking to others, 
albeit he be not conscious of it. 

Anyone who thinks that his time is too valuable 
to spend keeping quiet will eventually have 
no time for God and his brother [or sister],
but only for himself and for his own follies.”

Thomas Merton. (1915-1968) 

A Prayer for Openness

Holy, mighty and immortal God,
I praise, thank, and give you glory.
Open my eyes today that I may see what you want me to see.
Open my ears that I may hear what you want me to hear. 
Open my mind that I may know what you want me to know.
Open my heart that I may feel what you want me to feel.
Open my mouth that I may only speak the truth and your praises. 
Like your prophet Samuel, i say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening. 

– Paul J. Wharton 


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to The Importance of Listening and a Prayer for Openness

  1. Linda Trill says:

    beautiful!! We used this at our bible study today. It fit right in!! Thanks

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