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Listening in the spiritual life is much more than a psychological strategy to help others discover themselves. In the spiritual life the listener is not the ego, which would like to speak but is trained to restrain itself, but the Spirit of God within us. When we are baptised in the Spirit – that is, when we have received the Spirit of Jesus as the breath of God breathing within us – that Spirit creates in us a sacred space where the other can be received and listened to. The Spirit of Jesus prays in us and listens in us to all who come to us with their sufferings and pains.

When we dare to fully trust in the power of God’s Spirit listening in us, we will see true healing occur.

Emphasis mine

March 12 Reflection

Reflection: Christian personalism does not require that the inmost secret of our being become manifest or public to all. We do not even have to see it clearly ourselves! We are more truly “Christian persons” when our inmost secret remains a mystery shared by ourselves and God, and communicated to others in a way that is at the same time secret and public.

Thomas Merton, Seasons of Celebration, p. 22.

Reading from the Bible: I the LORD test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings. Jeremiah 17: 10 [NRSV]

Prayer: Clarify our eyes. Make straight the torturous paths of our deceitful hearts.

March 2009