Sunday, August 26, 2012

Quote of the Day:  “I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” ― Chaim Potok

We have lots of places around our mission where you can just sit and listen to the silence.  We have a prayer chapel, two benches, two large sitting rocks, and lots of other places.  No one will bother you but there is a difference between being quiet and listening to silence.  You can be quiet by just not talking.  Listening to the silence means you have to turn all the noises you do hear, birds singing, dogs barking, children laughing, the wind blowing through the trees--all these have to fade into the silence.  When you have gotten to the point that you can hear the silence, you can indeed learn from it.  What you learn is up to you and how much effort you put into listening.  You don't have to come here to do this, although you are always welcome here.  No, you can learn to listen to silence anywhere you are, but you have to really want to listen.  I recommend it.  God seldom speaks through the crash of thunder or the roar of a waterfall, but often, in a still small voice that can't be heard unless it is surrounded by silence.
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