When St. Anthony lived at the small hermitage outside of Assisi before his gifts of preaching and teaching were discovered, he lived a very quiet life of prayer and service, which was his wish. He sought out silence and quiet time with God. Silence is something we don't get much of these days. CD players blare in our cars, televisions play constantly in our homes, headsets adorn pedestrians. How can we expect God to break through?
A Desert Father, Ammonas, who once wrote: "Behold, my beloved, I have shown you the power of silence, how thoroughly it heals and how fully pleasing it is to God. Wherefore I have written to you to show yourselves strong in this work you have undertaken, so that you may know that it is by silence that the saints grew, that it was because of silence that the power of God dwelt in them, because of silence that the mysteries of God were known to them."
What astounding truth! And yet, really, so simple. The psalmist, too, tells us, "Be still and know that I am God." The next time you have a free moment and find yourself reaching for some audible entertainment, why not stop and try some solitude? Disconnect from the world for a while, seek God in the stillness and reconnect with Him...
St. Anthony, pray for us!