Excerpt from Hearing God’s Voice Album by our Mother Foundress

“Silence in the presence of the Lord God! for near is the day of the Lord” (Zeph 1:7)

Why is silence so important from God’s point of view? We can look at how the Lord views silence, and in the beautiful Christmas season, we can look at the Word Himself. John tells us in Jn 1:1-14, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” And this Word leapt down, Scripture says, “when the night in its swift course was half spent” (Wis 18:14). All in silence. You can see how God’s action and Gift comes in silence.

There are different kinds of silence, all important, all lived out by Jesus. There is the silence of Bethlehem. It is so amazing and so paradoxical that the Word, the Word that spoke and everything was created through that Word, the Second Person of the Trinity (cf. Jn 1:1-14), becomes enfleshed in a small baby and doesn’t say one word. Did you ever think about that? The very silence is the silence of the Word Himself. Ponder this in your prayer. When Shepherds came, they looked upon this Word become flesh and they rejoiced exceedingly (cf. Lk 1:8-18). What did they hear? What did they experience? What did they learn? There is tremendous revelation that takes place in silence.

At Bethlehem we see Jesus as Prince of Peace. Our Lady is asking all over the world for us to pray for peace. Peace in the heart, in families, in nations. Peace throughout the world. We see this Word becoming flesh, the Prince of Peace, coming into peaceful hearts. A heart that has let Jesus come in should be a silent heart, because where there is peace, there is rest, there is quietness, there is stillness, and there is silence. So I believe that silence is the fruit of peace, but peace can also be the fruit of silence.

This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Mt 17:5