Silence

Matthew Kelly, the young writer and speaker from Sydney, Australia, invites us all to come into the “school of silence” for it is here that we will begin to hear the voice of God.  Find a quiet place and some solitude.  Perhaps for a few minutes in a church before the Blessed Sacrament, in a prayer room, at home, in the woods, on a walk, etc.  Most importantly, still your heart.  Even if you are silent for 10 minutes…God will speak!

 

As we approach the feast of St Joseph, let’s review something that Pope Benedict XVI said in the first year of his pontificate about our patron’s ‘gift’ of silence:

Beloved Pope John Paul II, who was very devoted to St Joseph, left us a wonderful meditation dedicated to him in the Apostolic Exhortation Redemptoris Custos, “The Guardian of the Redeemer”.

 

Among the many aspects on which this Document sheds light, the silence of St Joseph is given a special emphasis. His silence is steeped in contemplation of the mystery of God in an attitude of total availability to the divine desires.

 

In other words, St Joseph‘s silence does not express an inner emptiness but, on the contrary, the fullness of the faith he bears in his heart and which guides his every thought and action.

 

It is a silence thanks to which Joseph, in unison with Mary, watches over the Word of God, known through the Sacred Scriptures, continuously comparing it with the events of the life of Jesus; a silence woven of constant prayer, a prayer of blessing of the Lord, of the adoration of his holy will and of unreserved entrustment to his providence.

 

It is no exaggeration to think that it was precisely from his “father” Joseph that Jesus learned – at the human level – that steadfast interiority which is a presupposition of authentic justice, the “superior justice” which he was one day to teach his disciples (cf. Mt 5: 20).

Let us allow ourselves to be “filled” with St Joseph‘s silence! In a world that is often too noisy, that encourages neither recollection nor listening to God’s voice, we are in such deep need of it.

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