13 March 2012

When God is silent

Last week the Holy Father devoted his Wednesday General Audience address to silence within prayer.  He said, in part:
For in fact there exists not only our silence, which disposes us to listening to God’s Word; often in our prayer, we find ourselves before the silence of God; we experience a sense of abandonment; it seems to us that God is not listening and that He does not respond. But this silence of God - as Jesus also experienced - is not a sign of His absence. The Christian knows well that the Lord is present and that he is listening, even in the darkness of suffering, rejection and solitude. Jesus reassures the disciples and each one of us that God knows well our needs at every moment of life. He teaches the disciples: “In praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:7-8): an attentive, silent, open heart is more important than many words [more, via Zenit].
These are powerful words for these Lenten days as we prepare for that day when the Word himself was silent.

At some point in the future, the official English translation will be available at the web site of the Holy See.


  1. I highly recommend a book by Barbara Brown Taylor titled, "When God Is Silent."

  2. Father, thank you for this reminder! I'm going through a period of 'God's silence' right now, and needed the reminder... I just need to trust that 'he's got this', no matter how dismal the situation seems... I look forward to reading the rest of the audience.