Prayer and Silence- Mystic Monday

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Pure prayer begins
at the threshold of silence.
It says nothing,
it asks for nothing.
It is a kind of listening.
The deeper the listening,
the less we listen for,
until silence itself
becomes the very voice of God.

— Stephen Mitchell

Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently before him.

— Psalm 37:7

[Prayer has often been described as a conversation with God. The idea is that we speak with God as we would a dear friend. So, we are told, it’s important to use your own words at least as part of any prayer period. But, always don’t forget to spend part of that time in silence so God can touch our minds and our hearts.]

[If you press the MY WRITING tab on the menu above, you can read or reread an essay on dealing with distractions in prayer. Part of the solution is to build in more silence into our lives so that prayer is not the only time we experience silence.]

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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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