Hearing God's Voice this New Year

By Marc Massery

Turn to any page of St. Faustina’s Diary, and you’ll find spiritual gems. Like this one:

My daughter, let three virtues adorn you in a particular way: humility, purity of intention, and love. Do nothing beyond what I demand of you, and accept everything that My hand gives you. Strive for a life of recollection so that you can hear My voice, which is so soft that only recollected souls can hear it ... (Diary, 1779).

At our fingertips, we have access to more information and entertainment than we could consume in 100 years. With a few clicks, we can access just about any movie we want, any song we want, or any person to whom we might want to talk. While this technology can bring a lot of good into our lives, we also face the danger of being so consumed by entertainment and information that we neglect our relationship with the Lord. 

If you’re addicted to your cell phone, as many of us are, you’re probably missing out on what God is trying to say to you. That’s right, the Lord is speaking to you. But His voice is so still that you need to be recollected to hear it. 

Every day, you have the choice to make space for silence. This doesn’t mean that you need to become a hermit. But it does mean you need to say “no” to some of the impulses you get to check your screen. Ideally, you ought to try to spend some quiet time every day in the presence of the Lord.

As St. Paul writes in Scripture: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect,” (Rom 12:2). 

If you’ve been meaning to make more time for the Lord, but the stress and busyness of life has just held you back, this New Year is a great opportunity to start anew. In 2020, consider making a resolution to moderate how much media you consume. It can be hard to do, I know. But as you get better at saying “no” to the noise and “yes” to being silently mindful of God’s presence, you’ll find that hearing His voice is a lot more satisfying, and He'll help you experience the world more as He intended you to. 

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