I had an inspiration for a monthly post called Coffee & Crayons about coloring and prayer, because I know mammas out there love to color too! I'll post a FREE inspirational coloring page you can use to color in and reflect upon while you sip your morning coffee or tea. I bet some of the older kids would enjoy this reflection too.
How many of the saints have taught us the importance of silence in our lives as a way of connecting to our Lord? St. Teresa of Calcutta has quite a few quotes floating out there on the subject. Even scripture is littered with little tidbits about the importance of silence from the old Testament through the new.
“For thus said the Lord GOD,
the Holy One of Israel:
By waiting and by calm you shall be saved,
in quiet and in trust shall be your strength.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted on the earth!” Psalm 46:11 NAB
We are often quick to judge, complain, or just keep gabbing. What if silence could give us a new perspective in life situations. If we really think about a situation and apply a thoughtful Christ centered quite contemplation on the matter, I bet out perspective and outlook will change.
Jesus is waiting for us in the silence and that is where we can find His gentle whispers to our soul. How can we hear anything he has to say if we don't let Him get in a word edgewise. We have all been party I am sure to a conversation where the gabber is relentless and we may have something wonderful to say or interject but never get the opportunity. It's quite a frustrating experience. I am sure we can see how Jesus feels when He can't get a word in to us though the constant noise of our modern life: T.V., phones, music, conversation, and the list goes on.
I am going to give a wee little challenge: How long can you sit quietly before our Lord in Adoration or even in quiet praise after Mass? Try it this week or month and see if you can hear Jesus whisper to you in the silence.
There is a whole set of St. Teresa of Calcutta quote coloring pages available in the shop
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