“Now be silent. Let the One who creates words speak. He made the door. He made the lock. He also made the key.” – Rumi (1207–1273 a 13th-century Persian poet)
Gospel Text: (MK 6:30-34)
The Apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.
When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.
Blessed Mother Theresa once said, "In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence."
There are two types of silence: outward silence and inner silence.
We live in a very noisy world. Traffic, honking horns, machines, slamming doors, boisterous people, blaring television sets and booming music are all frantic aspects of daily life for many people. A number of years ago, as I made a visit to the Blessed Sacrament chapel at New York's Saint Patrick's Cathedral, a young business man came in from a noisy Fifth Avenue to make a visit as well. I recall watching him as he devoutly knelt before the tabernacle, placing his briefcase next to the pew. A sigh of relief, as if he was cherishing the profound silence of the moment, could be heard. His visit was brief, but he found rest in the silence.
How can you cultivate external silence? Order in your homes and order in your personal life is the first step.
Silence will be difficult without a daily schedule and knowing where things are kept. How many times we become frantic just looking for car keys or a cell phone?
Turn off the television. Why waste so much time listening to the radio in the car? Cultivate silence by keeping moments of silence at home and in the car. Think of your home as a small monastery where everyone follows a family schedule. External silence is easy. Internal silence is hard to maintain.
There is so much noise going on in our heads. We worry about everything and the noise of our own uncertainties can drown out the presence of God in our souls. Gaining interior silence is not any easy task. It requires great discipline and a lot of patience. During the day, if your mind is flooded with racing thoughts, go back to the sacred word that you use during your time of centering prayer. Repeat the sacred word once. Trust that the same Jesus that calmed the wind and the waves will also calm your mind as well.