“I have been reading of the high and holy One who inhabits eternity…How the world lessens and recedes! How calm and peaceful are the hours spent in such solitude! They are marked down for useful purposes and their memory remains.” (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in a letter to her father)
To spend time in praying, spiritual reading, and adoring God, is to reap the benefits of silence. It’s something that many of us have lost touch with - to be in absolute solitude and stillness for a given period. And yet it’s so important to our spiritual growth. It’s difficult to hear God amidst the noise of the world; it’s as if we block Him out in our haste to fill our days with TV shows, cell phones, ipods and computers.
"The LORD said, 'Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.' Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’” (1 Kings 19:11-13)
God came to Elijah, not in a whirlwind of noise and clamor, but in a gentle whisper. He comes to us as well: in the solitude of a holy hour, in the soft turn of a page of His word, in the peace of early morning prayer. “What are you doing here?” He asks us. We come, Abba, Heavenly Father, to know You, to love You, to learn Your will for us, to live our lives for You - Amen.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!