Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Day 36 - The Quiet Times are Often the Most Fruitful

Welcome to our Lenten series "40 Days for Vocations." Happy Holy Week!


When I was little, these first few days of Holy Week used to drive me crazy. I mean, it was Holy Week but nothing was happening yet. Since becoming a mother, these first three days of Holy Week fly by all too quickly. But, that's probably because these days I'm always craving silence. 

I remember when I went on a silent retreat in college. I thought the silence would be impossible to adjust to, but honestly - I think the transition back into non-silence was harder. The silence filled me up. The noise drained me. Maybe I'm just letting my introverted colors show, but it's true. 

Even though there aren't any "exciting" liturgies at the outset of Holy Week, these first few days can be a very fruitful time. Often, God uses the time we think will just be "filler" or "downtime" in surprising ways.

And the same is true for our vocations. Often, the quiet times are the most fruitful.

We already talked about the importance of doing something to begin living out your vocation. I cannot understate the importance of taking action if you feel God nudging your heart in a particular direction! But, likewise, sometimes it's importance to just be still. Sometimes, it's in those times when we come without an agenda that God does the most work in our hearts. 

Sometimes, it's good to just be silent. It's good to cultivate a love of silence.


Please continue to pray for vocations with us!

O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,
send Your Graces upon those
You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;
preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.

Open the hearts of Your children
that they may discern Your Holy Will;
inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life
guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.
Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church's needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen. (source)



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