THE CLASSROOM OF SILENCE
Throughout our lives, much learning is accomplished within the four walls of a classroom. For most of us, we learn to read, write, speak, and think during our time spent in class at school. Our teachers devote many hours preparing lessons that will be meaningful and productive. There are tests, exams, and other measures to quantify what we have learned.
Because students must be prepared for exams and the years of school to follow, very little time is spent in the classroom of silence. In fact, unless we are doing something productive, many believe remaining in silence is a waste of precious time. But is it?
Unlike the classroom of knowledge, the classroom of silence is notably unquantifiable but much more meaningful and productive. In the classroom of silence, we talk to God. We hear from God the teachings he desires to impart in us. In silence, we allow ourselves to hear the voice of God and respond to it.
We are Catholic. Taking time throughout our day to allow silence to enter provides moments of prayer that are essential to our relationship with God and learning his will for us. Although the classroom of silence may not have immediate measurable results here on earth, it will undoubtedly have remarkable results in eternity.
Ponder: Why do we resist taking moments of silence throughout our day? What obstacles stand in the way of silence?
Reflect: Psalms 46:10-11
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me to create moments of silence in my day so that I can better hear your voice.