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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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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!
When I attempt silent prayer I feel like the disciples in the garden. I always seem to fall asleep. I have to keep trying.
Holy father, my savior, my healer give me inner peace. Heal me with my anxiety. May I learn to slow down each moment to see the beauty of your creation.

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