Friday, June 16, 2006

Noise !!!

It’s a noisy world, especially for anyone living in the city. Yelling, fighting, jack-hammering, traffic, sirens... and that's just outside. Inside our homes our electronic appliances battle to be lord of the manor. When was the last time we made it through a half hour without hearing from a computer, a blender, a phone, a washing machine, a radio, an ipod, or a television? Even our conversations with one another can sometimes feel like little more than just a bunch of meaningless noise.

If we're not careful, we can get so accustomed to noise that silence can terrify us. We may find ourselves rushing to flip some sort of electronic switch to create some type of sound whenever the slightest void is left in our noise-filled day.

Don't get me wrong, a lot of the sounds I mentioned are good sounds (like conversation, music, etc.) but even good things can hurt us when we allow them to block us from the Highest Good, when they leave us with no space inside us to hear the voice of our God.

The truth is, in silence we hear best. God's Holy Spirit is inside each of us, speaking to us, just waiting for us to finally slow down and listen. It's a voice that speaks about love and about peace and it's a voice that is more than ready to teach us the ways that we can come to experience both.

But first we have to decide to listen. We need to make the time and the space necessary to quiet our souls down, to get away from the noise of the world, at least for a little while, that we may hear the voice of Love inside.


At 1:32 AM, Blogger Honora said...

"But first we have to decide to listen."


What a wonderful 'blog this is -- thank you, Father.

On a bit of a side note, I'd never heard of author R. Wicks before (mentioned in your profile), and it looks like his topics would benefit many. I'm looking forward to coming across some of his writings.

At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. I think about how our lives are cluttered in physical ways often, and my husband and I try to find ways to simplify. However, this is a great reminder that sound also clutters our lives and separates us from our spirits.

At 1:59 PM, Blogger LadyLuthien said...

Thanks very much for posting this Father Rick. I think that quiestness with God is something that is so hard to find in life. I think that is one reason why Goshen is such a perfect location to hold camp every year. We can find time to be quiet with God. I'll be checking back to this blog!!!


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