Silence

July 28, 2010

From Richard Roh’r Daily Reflection on March 19, 2009:

“As a people, we are afraid of silence.  That’s our major barrier to prayer.  I believe silence and words are related.  Words that don’t come out of silence probably don’t mean much.  They probably are more an unloading that communicating.

Yet words feed silence, and that’s why we have the word of God…the written word, the proclaimed word.  But the written and proclaimed word, doesn’t bear a great deal of fruit- it doesn’t really break open the heart of the Spirit- unless its tasted and chewed, unless it’s felt and suffered and enjoyed at a level beyond words.

If I had to advise one thing for spiritual growth, it would be silence.”

Is silence hard for me?
What does the gift of silence bring to my life? 

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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