The spiritual discipline of silence mainly relies on quiet lips. I recently took a silent retreat at a place where the aim is for unbroken quietness. Quiet is even maintained in the dining hall at mealtimes.
My lips were sealed from Monday until Friday, except for daily communion, a brief daily meeting with my spiritual director and an hour of debrief every evening with my wife. That gave me abundant time to pray and discern.
The spiritual director suggested that I consider humility as outlined in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. That exercise offers a guide to imitate Jesus and to become more like him. Such prayers are simple, but the work is hard. It demands quiet lips, a quiet mind and a quiet place.
Ask Jesus for the grace needed to attain the greatest humility. That is, the humility of Christ. Ask the Father to send his Son as the guide. Then wait in silence until the Spirit gives discernment. Jesus loves a patient disciple.
TAGS: Spiritual Formation, Silence and Solitude, Spiritual Disciplines
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