In every extended discussion of spiritual practices “silence” always becomes a focus of attention at some point. Many times the importance of silence is questioned, especially as it is “heard” as a withdrawal from the world, the community and our call to be the light and voice of Christ in the world.
Below, Mother Teresa well states its importance and benefit,
“An empty heart God fills. Even Almighty God will not fill a heart that is full – full of pride, bitterness, jealousy – we must give these things up. As long as we are holding these things, God cannot fill it. Silence of the heart, not only of the mouth – that too is necessary – but more, that silence of the mind, silence of the eyes, silence of the touch. Then you can hear him everywhere: in the closing of the door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, the animals – that silence which is wonder and praise. Why? Because God is everywhere and you can see and hear him. (From: “Where There Is Love, There Is God,”)
I know truly gifted people who naturally hear God everywhere. I know others for whom silence, solitude and other disciples help them hear.
Wherever you find yourself, I invite you to listen and watch.