Each of us is called to seek silence daily because only in silence can we really hear the Lord. We are surrounded by NOISE! In fact, for so many noise has provided an escape from conflict, interaction, or responsibilities. There are many articles referencing the need to calm our minds each day and meditation apps to facilitate the experience. But there are not a lot of articles on the benefits of silence for healing a broken relationship with Christ. Signing up for a retreat is also a wonderful way to withdraw from the stressors of life that trigger worry. The Scriptures tell us that we should not worry, yet we struggle to have confidence that our Lord will provide what we need and that everything happens for a reason. Search for locations in your area that offer half-day, full-day or even weekend-long spiritual retreats. Can’t get away even for a half day? There are virtual retreats that can help you find ways to seep into silence. My favorite online retreat is the Ignatian Prayer Adventure that you could use for an hourly, daily, or weekly experience.
There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. … a time to be silent, and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7b)
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7)I love virtual tools that help me tap into spiritual practices because they are portable and allow me to find pockets of time during my busy days to feed my hungry spirit. This new decade is becoming synonymous with themes of clarity, focus, and hindsight. Increasing the amount of time you spend in silent meditation or prayer will provide clarity and focus. Adding regular practices into my life has provided me such incredible peace in the midst of many personal trials. So I challenge you to add at least 5 to 15 minutes of focused daily meditation or prayer to your routine to enjoy the same wonderful feeling of blessed assurance and peace in your life, which is the fruit of making prayer a priority in your daily life. May the peace of Christ be with you through your prayerful practices too!
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Sherry Hayes-Peirce is a Catholic Social Media Strategist, Blogger, Conference Speaker, Chief Inspirational Officer at Church Social Tips and Missionary Disciple of the New Evangelization. She is passionate about sharing her treasured time and talents to inform, inspire and engage the next generation of Catholics through technology.