This post is brought to you by the letter 'L' !!!
An excerpt from my new ebook:
"Listen and attend with the ear of your heart." - St. Benedict, Rule of St. Benedict
The first word of the Rule of St. Benedict, in the Prologue, is "Listen."
I have always thought of myself as a good listener. I am a spiritual director and I need to listen to my directees when they come to meet with me and share their spiritual journey with me. I would not be much help if I didn't listen. We spiritual directors need to listen to the person speak and to the Holy Spirit speaking in her/him as well as in us.
I am a wife and I need to listen to my husband. I need to share in his life and his thoughts and his dreams. The same with my children. What do I miss when I don't listen?
I am a parish secretary and I need to listen to those who call the office looking for answers or solutions or prayers or comfort or just someone who will listen.
I wonder, and I ponder, when it is just you and me, Lord, do I listen? Do I listen to you when I pray? Do I listen to you in the silence? Do I listen to you in the events of my day and the people I meet? What do I miss when I don't listen?
In prayer, more is accomplished by listening than by talking. Let us leave to God the decisions as to what shall be said. - St. Francis de Sales