Listening

“Mary received her vocation from the lips of an angel. The angel does not enter our room visibly, but the Lord has a plan for each of us, He calls each one of us by name. Our task is to learn how to listen, to perceive His call, to be courageous and faithful in following Him.”

-Pope Benedict XVI
(Address at Vespers, Altotting, Germany, 11 Sept. 06)

At this point in life, I can not think of anything that I need to (learn to) do more. I’ve fabricated a myriad of distractions and they are my excuses to do everything but listen. Perceiving the call isn’t as difficult as we have the tendency to make it. God is speaking; calling us each by name. He is ready to do wonders in and through us. (He never ceases to do wonders all about us!) We need to start listening and looking. I need to start listening and looking. I wonder how it can be so difficult to be silent.

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