Patricia Hofer

“In the silence of the heart God will speak.”

“This is what we have to learn right from the beginning to listen to the voice of God in our heart, and then in the silence of the heart God speaks. Then from the fullness of our hearts, our mouth will have to speak. That is the connection. In the silence of the heart, God speaks and you have to listen. Then in the fullness of your heart, because it is full of God, full of love, full of compassion, full of faith, your mouth will speak. … The contemplatives and ascetics of all ages and religions have sought God in the silence and solitude of the desert, forest, and mountain. … We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally. To be alone with Him, not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stopped of everything, to dwell lovingly in His presence–silent, empty, expectant, and motionless…. Silence of our eyes. Silence of our ears. Silence of our mouths. Silence of our minds…in the silence of the heart God will speak.”
(Mother Teresa, No Greater Love, pp. 9-10)(

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