Silence

Dear Princess of God, silence is a wonderful practice and a way in which you can get close to God.

Silence is a sword in the spiritual struggle. A talkative soul will never attain
sanctity. The sword of silence will cut off everything that would like to cling to the
soul. We are sensitive to words and quickly want to answer back, without taking
any regard as to whether it is God‟s will that we should speak. A silent soul is
strong; no adversities will harm it if it perseveres in silence. The silent (198) soul is
capable of attaining the closest union with God. It lives almost always under the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God works in a silent soul without hindrance. – The Diary of St. Faustina, 477

Practicing silence especially before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration is a great way for beginners to learn the art of silence as well. In silence before Jesus, peace comes and the soul is settled.

“To discover the beauty of silence is to discover the key to growth in every virtue.” – Carlo Acutis, by Nicola Gori

“It is fair to say that every saint and towering human figure – be it in the arts or sciences – was formed in the school of silence. There Carlo learned to be quite and to listen, to reflect and to meditate, searching humbly to know the truth. If we are always immersed in noise and chatter, if we talk without thinking, we never become wise and mature.” – Carlo Acutis, by Nicola Gori

Jesus tells Saint Faustina likewise:

The Lord gave me to know how displeased He is with a talkative soul. I
find no rest in such a soul. The constant din tires Me, and in the midst of it the soul
cannot discern My voice.

Dear Princess of God, it is so important in your walk with Jesus to be able to hear His voice, even hearing what He is speaking to you in your heart very distinctly. But to hear, we must first be quiet and recollected as Jesus wants to find rest in you and not be tired out by the ‘constant din’ or the ‘noise and chatter’ of the world that clings to us when we stay immersed in it for too long.

St. Faustina writes how important silence is, especially for the souls of religious:

In my opinion, and according to my experience, the rule concerning silence should stand
in the very first place. God does not give Himself to a chattering soul which, like a drone
in a beehive, buzzes around but gathers no honey. A talkative soul is empty inside. It
lacks both the essential virtues and intimacy with God. A deeper interior life, one of
gentle peace and of that silence where the Lord dwells, is quite out of the question. A
soul that has never tasted the sweetness of inner silence is a restless spirit which disturbs
the silence of others. I have seen many souls in the depths of hell for not having kept
their silence; they told me so themselves when I asked them what was the cause of their
undoing. These were souls of religious. My God, what an agony it is to think that not only
might they have been in heaven, but they might even have become saints! O Jesus,
have mercy!

To have a deep and rich interior life, dear Princess, you must start practicing silence. Follow the example of the first Millennial Saint, Carlo Acutis, who learned silence in eucharistic adoration each and every day. In the silence and peace of the tabernacle, Jesus will start to calm you, to tranquilize you, to mature and grow you, and you will be able to develop this ‘deeper interior life’ that Saints like St. Faustina speak of.

In your development, pray diligently to St. Joseph as well, patron saint of silence.

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