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Joyce Donahue shares her reflection on today’s retreat:

Being silent in prayer requires a great deal of trust. Many of us are used to being in control, and the very idea of surrendering to a posture of listening and waiting can be difficult. As a raging extrovert, I’ve found that the times I’ve heard God clarify an enigma in my life usually occurred when I finally stopped talking!

Discernment requires listening. If you are trying too hard to fix or understand something, it can help to let God be God. Go on a retreat. Take some time in silence before the Blessed Sacrament. Spend time in meditative or even contemplative prayer. God speaks to us, as he did to Elijah, in a whisper. To hear that, we need to turn down the noise, both external and internal, in our lives.
 


Joyce DonahueJoyce Donahue, MA, MPS, serves as the catechetical associate in the Diocese of Joliet’s Religious Education Office. A former parish DRE and liturgy director, Joyce currently volunteers as a parish catechist and musician at St. John the Baptist Parish in Joliet, IL. 


 
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Max Char 250
Very true. Life should allow to watch a butterfly sort through the air - and hear the noise of his wings flapping gently.
Thank you for reminding me of inner silence. Please pray for me that the seeming difficult issues in my life may be solved and that I may concentrate on inner silence and be calm.
Inner silence is not that easy to do, especially when I have so many concerns and a constant need "to do something" for myself or those dear to me. Thank you for reminding me that Jesus is always listening to my prayers!

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