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Considerations for Lent
Adding listening to your silence this Lenten season


By Paola Treviño

In my fourth and final list, I suggest how to hear God’s voice amidst the silence of your Lenten experience…. 


1.    Silence your will. Stop the “Mii game.” Pick up and add to your cart the attitude of, “Not my will but yours (the other person’s) will be done.  Not my will but His, the Lord´s, will be done.”  Do something out of your comfort zone and have lunch with that person you’ve been avoiding, or wake up to go to Mass during the week, or do the Stations of the Cross on Friday, or call Mom and Dad and just say “Hi!”

2.    Silence your inner self.  (These silences are getting tougher.) Let God be God in your life. Stop planning everything, and let Him at least “peek into your planner” and rearrange things a bit.  Pick up and add to your cart some of the activities of Holy Week so you can truly be prepared to celebrate Easter.

3.    Silence with God. Listen to what HE has to say.  One man once said about his time in prayer that, “I look at Him and He looks at me.” Ponder the message from Pope Benedict XVI at World Communications Day 2012: “In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; Amid the complexity and diversity of the world of communications, however, many people find themselves confronted with the ultimate questions of human existence: Who am I? What can I know? What ought I to do? What may I hope? It is important to affirm those who ask these questions… but also through the call to silent reflection, something that is often more eloquent than a hasty answer and permits seekers to reach into the depths of their being and open themselves to the path towards knowledge that God has inscribed in human hearts.” Let God help you answer these questions.  Pick up and add to your cart 15 minutes of Eucharistic adoration to have a “heart to heart” conversation with Him.







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