Happy Pentecost season to all friends of Silence! And what gift of the Holy Spirit are you praying to receive over the next thirty weeks -- piety ... counsel ... courage ... fear of the Lord ... knowledge ... understanding ... or, wisdom? There is so much that the Spirit wants to give to us in order that we might die to our inner fears, that we might give birth to our hidden selves which have not yet risen. Our homes, our cities, our countries, our world are in such need of these gifts today. And all that is given to us is for us to use to enrich one another ... to enrich all of creation.
Just as the seed given to Mary by the Holy Spirit brought forth the spiritual birth of Love to our world, the Holy Spirit in every moment awaits our fiat, our total YES to God's word in us, so that the inner womb of our hearts may receive the seed and give birth to that same Love.
Perhaps friends of Silence can be likened in some way to the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth -- a sharing with others, in the Silence of our inner beings, of our joy as a sign of God's presence with us. Can we believe that as we offer ourselves to God in prayer, that the seed of Love growing in us radiates out and quickens the heart of someone we will probably never meet in this life? What a wonder-filled mystery of Grace! For Grace is the kingdom of love, and its laws are the law of love. If the prayer of one pure heart has the power to atone for many, just imagine the energy of all those who are readying their hearts in the Silence! We know we have enough destructive energy to destroy the world. In the Silence we come to know that we have more than enough Love energy to transform the world. How good it is to be counted among those who choose LIFE through LOVE!