God's First Language is Silence
"How do I know that it's God speaking and not just me?" "I find it so difficult to hear God speaking. I am so distracted!" "I am so busy, I can't find the time to pray." These and similar thoughts I would get from women who come to me for spiritual direction.
St John of the Cross says: "God's first language is silence." Any place can be a chapel - a garden, a church, a forest, along a river - as long as we invite God in. When we quiet ourselves we create a space to hear God speak and speak God will, using any and all means - a homily, creation, a song, a friend, whatever. Then peace will flow like a river into our souls.
Speech is of time. Silence is of eternity. Thomas Carlyle
Take some time to practice silence today.
Gail Jagroop OP
St. Joseph, Trinidad