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Guide To Discerning – Silence

Silence

True silence is one of the rarest and most valuable things in the world, and it is something that most people will never achieve. Look around you. How many things are there just in this room that are keeping you from truly being alone with God? A television, maybe, or music playing. Another Web site open behind this one. Someone on the phone, or chatting online. When is the last time it was truly just you and God having a conversation?

Only when you find that silence, when your voice and the Lord’s voice are the only two things you can hear, will you be ready to take the final step. If you find your voice is in conflict with the Lord’s, don’t worry. Maybe past hurts have made it hard for you to trust, or fear of losing something prevents you from giving yourself fully to the Lord. Whatever it is, He will help you overcome it. When you give yourself fully to God in love, He will take care of the rest.

One important thing to remember is that your vocation may not be revealed quickly or easily. It takes patience and perseverance to fully understand the will of the Lord, but only by continuing to pray and reflect can we come to know His wishes. Praying one “Hail Mary” every day, asking for Our Lady’s blessing and assistance, can be very helpful. It’s a small prayer, but it’s very powerful.

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