Monday, January 21, 2013

Fenelon: listening to God

Monday, January 21, 2013
    Feast of Agnes, Child Martyr at Rome, 304
    [Jesus:] “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
    —Matthew 12:36-37 (NIV)
    God is our true Friend, who always gives us the counsel and comfort we need. Our danger lies in resisting Him; so it is essential that we acquire the habit of hearkening to His voice, of keeping silence within, and listening so as to lose nothing of what He says to us. We know well enough how to keep outward silence, and to hush our spoken words, but we know little of interior silence. It consists in hushing our idle, restless, wandering imagination, in quieting the promptings of our worldly minds, and in suppressing the crowd of unprofitable thoughts which excite and disturb the soul.
    ... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Selections from Fénelon, ed. Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston: Roberts Bros., 1879, p. 107 (see the book)
    See also 1 Kings 19:11-13; Ps. 85:8; Jer. 23:29; Matt. 12:36-37; Luke 11:28; Rom. 8:6-7; 10:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 4:12; Jas. 1:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, still my inner voices that I may hear Your word.
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