|Mary Petry Meyer
I yearned for quiet when I managed a household with young children. I knew that God was in the silence I desired, but I struggled to hear his voice in my heart because of the hustle and bustle of daily life. For just a few minutes, I wanted to be able to clear my head, refocus, and utter a quick prayer.
In today’s gospel, Jesus addresses his words “to you who hear.” He is not referring to the physical sense of hearing; instead, he refers to hearing in a spiritual sense. What does it mean to hear spiritually?
If our hearing is spiritually healthy, we listen with our hearts for the truth that God speaks to us and then act on what we hear. It is following God’s will as best as possible to experience the peace that surpasses understanding. Listening with our hearts is tough to do. It requires a concerted effort to step away from the noise of the world, sometimes found even within our own families.
Today, Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the children to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared, are celebrated on the Church calendar. They illustrate what listening with the heart looks like in the everyday world. Despite many sufferings, they obeyed the Blessed Mother’s requests, and God granted graces to comfort them.
In just a few days, Lent begins. How can we carve out silence in our daily lives during this holy season, like Sts. Jacinta and Francisco Marto did, to hear God’s voice and to respond with love?