|Holy Spirit, Stained Glass Image|
God told him. It only took 10 minutes for him to get the answer. He had confidence he would have an answer in 10 minutes.
He described God's voice as quiet.
I was leaving with the friend that came with me, and I told her, "I've never heard God speak audibly. I thought I was hearing Him once, but I am pretty sure it was my imagination now. I think maybe he might be speaking to me some time, but I play the music so loud all the time when I am alone I can't hear Him. Have you heard God speak to you?"
After laughing at my little joke, although knowing that I do play the music loudly, she says, emphatically, "Yes. I wouldn't describe his voice as quiet though. It is clear, and at a normal volume. I know it is Him."
I have always been fine with the palpable presence of the Holy Spirit. The gift of faith, the experience God gives me of knowing that I am in love with Him. Seeing a certain passage, like "unless you become like one of these little ones, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God," (Matthew 18:3) and knowing the Holy Spirit is trying to teach me something that I am missing.
But you know, why do they get to hear God, and I don't?
At the same time, I know none of us deserves any of the graces God gives us, and it is for his pleasure alone, and for the spread of His Kingdom that I want to live. I do trust that he will bless not just those that believe but have not seen, but also those who believe, love, and trust and have not heard.
It was cool though, to have someone speak to me that was able to drum up the answer from God in 10 minutes of prayer, although I have a bit of spiritual envy there, and also it was cool to be driving away from the talk with someone I knew that could tell me what it was like. I'd only read about it in books by St. Teresa, St. Faustina, but never actually talked with someone that had experienced it.
Here are some other notes from his talk:
- The more we gaze on the Lord radiant in glory, overwhelmed with love for Christ, the stronger our armour for spiritual warfare
- Jesus Prayer - good defense against spiritual attacks
- Scriptural Tracts - good defense against spiritual attacks
- Voice of God = Constant quiet voice urging us to goodness (he attributed to St. Teresa of Avila)
- Christ is in our midst doing his work
- Begins with a love affair and trust of child & holy awe
- A child has joy in the love of the parents
The last note is a spiritual theme for me the past few days. My meditation today was from the Gospel of Mark when Jesus wants the little children to come to him, and he puts his arms around them, and blesses them (See Mark 10:13-16). Since this was in his talk, and came up in my meditation, and seems very in line with the latest message from Mary at Medjugorje, I think it is the Holy Spirit telling me something. I can't hear him with my ears, or with my heart or soul via an inner locution, but I know this orchestration of a spiritual theme is from Him.
|Christ and the Children Icon|
“Dear children! I am looking at you and in your hearts I do not see joy. Today I desire to give you the joy of the Risen One, that He may lead you and embrace you with His love and tenderness. I love you and I am praying for your conversion without ceasing before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call."
Thoughts? Do you hear God audibly at times, or in a clear internal voice? Or are you like me, sensing the Holy Spirit's presence and work in your heart and mind, but not actually hearing him?