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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 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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