Holy Mary, Teach Us Your Silence

Liège Eglise saint-Jacques Vitrail 23 08 2009 03

Silence of Mary

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
you who treasured all things and
pondered them carefully in your heart,
teach us that deep, interior silence
which enfolded you throughout your lifetime —

the silence of the Annunciation, of faith, mission and obedience;
the silence of the Visitation, of humility, service and praise;
the silence of Bethlehem, of birth, incarnation and wonder;
the silence of the Flight into Egypt, of perseverance, hope and trust;
the silence of Nazareth, of simplicity, intimacy and communion;
the silence of Mt. Calvary, of courage, death and abandonment;
the silence of Easter, of resurrection, jubilation and glory;
the silence of Ascension, of fulfillment, transformation and new creation;
the silence of Pentecost, of peace, power and love.

Mary, in your wisdom, teach us that silence 
which enables us to listen to the small, still voice of our God; 
which compels us to worship Him alone in spirit and in truth; 
which empowers us to acknowledge our nothingness and exult confidently in our Savior; 
which frees us to lose ourselves in unceasing adoration of the God who is Infinite Love.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us now and always, 
that we may enter into that silence of yours which unites us to Jesus, your Son, 
in the mystery of His silence before the Father of mercies. AMEN.

— Alice Claire Mansfield, © May 1993

[SOURCE: http://www.yenra.com/catholic/prayers/silence.html%5D

[PHOTO is a stained glass window in Saint Jacques’s Church, Liège (Belgium) taken by Vassil.  This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.]


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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