Monday, August 19, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 8/19/2013

In the silence   
  In the silence...     
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August 19, 2013
St. John Eudes 

Dear Family of Mary!

As I was praying yesterday, I came across this entry in St. Faustina's diary:

Silence is so powerful a language that it reaches the throne of the living God. Silence is His language, though secret, yet living and powerful. (888 Diary of St. Faustina)

I felt a lot of grace from these words. I wondered how silence could be a language. What can possibly be communicated without sound or words? How could such silence actually reach the throne of God? It is truly a mystery. Yet Our Lady has invited us into that mystery in her messages. Our Lady has asked us to enter into silence. In relation to prayer, she has advised silence. Here is a message she gave to the early prayer group led by Jelena Vasilj:

Tuesday, June 24, 1986, to the prayer group:
"I beseech you, withdraw in silence. Your obligation is not so much to do, but to adore God, to stay with Him."

This instruction from Our Lady is so simple yet deep. She advised the group not to become overly busy with activities, but to "withdraw in silence". This group spent hours in prayer, often led by Our Lady through Jelena as to how to remain with Jesus, how to adore Him, how to listen to Him. Silence was the key for the prayer group. Not just the silence that is absence of sound, but the silence that is interior. It is the kind of silence that is attentive, listening, open-hearted waiting for the Lord. This kind of silence is like the silence of the watchman, who awaits the arrival of the King. This silence is expectant, and vibrant with hope. This silence gazes upon the Lord is love and amazement, void of words but full of affection. It communicates without words. It communicates with surrender.

Our Lady has asked us in her subsequent messages to enter into this kind of silence as well:

July 25, 1998 "Dear children! Today, little children, I invite you, through prayer, to be with Jesus, so that through a personal experience of prayer you may be able to discover the beauty of God's creatures. You cannot speak or witness about prayer, if you do not pray. That is why, little children, in the silence of the heart, remain with Jesus, so that He may change and transform you with His love. This, little children, is a time of grace for you. Make good use of it for your personal conversion, because when you have God, you have everything. Thank you for having responded to my call."

"In the silence of the heart, remain with Jesus..." To remain with Jesus, to gaze upon Him, to contemplate His acts of love for us, to listen for His words of love in the Scriptures, to allow Him to touch us in the depths of our wounded hearts, this is where the language of silence is heard. We are called to enter our hearts where Jesus awaits us, and there to speak the language of silence with Him. It is in silence that our spiritual eyes connect with His, and we let Him see into our souls and breathe His healing love into them. Silence.

Well, you see what I am trying to say. Like St. Faustina, we are called to enter into silence so that we can actually experience and communicate Jesus. Let's pray for one another, that we can do it!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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