171. The Lord speaks to us in a variety of ways, at work, through others and at every moment. Yet we simply cannot do without the silence of prolonged prayer, which enables us better to perceive God’s language, to interpret the real meaning of the inspirations we believe we have received, to calm our anxieties and to see the whole of our existence afresh in his own light. In this way, we allow the birth of a new synthesis that springs from a life inspired by the Spirit.
Silence can be difficult for some. As a musician, I know there’s great temptation to fill certain moments with notes when perhaps the time suggests less. Or none. Getting used to prayer and easing ourselves into longer and longer periods–with silence–this is very important for the believer and aspiring disciple.