FINDING GOD IN SILENCE..

LUKE 4:42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them..
Be still, and know that I am God” - (Psalm 46:10).
Silence in prayer is often not something we orchestrate; rather, it is a gift that can come upon us quite unexpectedly. Instead of rushing to fill the gap, we learn to embrace the gift as the better part of our time of prayer.” - Quotes by Wesley and Stacey Campbell
In silent contemplation, a supernatural drawing occurs. Having come to the end of words, we simply stare in silence at the person of God. One of the most apt, and most beautiful, descriptions of the essence of contemplation that I have heard comes from a simple farmer: ‘Think of the wonderful description given by that unlettered farm laborer at Ars who used to remain for hours in stillness and silence gazing at the tabernacle and when the Cure d’Ars asked him what he did there, simply replied: I LOOK AT HIM, AND HE LOOKS AT ME.’”
God fights on our behalf when we are silent - We are too weak to fight our enemies ourselves. We will be wounded, but in times of temptation if we remain in faith in God's presence, He will give us His strength.
“The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent” - (Exodus 14:14).
We find God in a deeper dimension - In silent prayer, we develop the art of looking at God.
“’You will seek me and find me when you seek for me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord” - (Jeremiah 29:13-14).
We grow in the art of meditating on Scripture - Exodus 34:6-7 is filled with the divine attributes of God. I encourage you to meditate on these verses for a long period of time.
”And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin'” - (Exodus 34:6-7).
We learn to shut out external activity - We learn the art of external simplicity and inwardly learn to dwell in God’s presence.
"One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple" - (Psalm 27:4).
We learn to meditate on God’s nature - It is good to start with meditating on one aspect of God’s nature in a single verse of Scripture. For example, meditate on God’s holiness adorning His house for endless days as found in the following verse:
“Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O Lord” - (Psalm 93:5).
We grow in our love relationship with God - We learn to live out the first commandment to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength.
"He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself” - (Luke 10:27).

I Am Not in Charge
When I’m at my best in silent prayer, I get an overwhelming feeling that I am not in charge. While that sounds cliché, it seems to me that this simple mindset is the remedy to my stress, heartache, and anxiety. Day to day I get tricked into believing that my daily tasks, obstacles, and struggles are bigger than they are. Some days I even feel cheated that people don’t recognize them or validate them, but my prayer puts things into the proper perspective. I get a profound sense that God is in charge and that life is mysterious. And no matter what struggles come my way, God has a way to redeem them. I like to think that I trust God, but silence helps me to live that trust.
Deeper Prayer
God isn’t some “thing” we can quantify; God is mystery. Silence is one of the most profound ways to dive deeper into the mystery that is God. I’ve grown to appreciate this idea through St. Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises.
Prayers 
The Rosary 
Morning Offering
Guardian Angel Prayer
Consecration Prayer to Mary
Act of Contrition
Saint Michael Prayer
Memorare

The Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.
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