Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Is it noisy?

Francis saw that the world’s noise has a way of deflecting people from the deeper realities of life. It keeps us preoccupied with the superficial at the expense of the meaningful. It deafens our souls and subdues our hearts. For Francis and other saints, monastics, and mystics down through the ages, the desire for solitude isn’t an effort to flee from the world; it’s an attempt to run toward God, to know God better, and to hear God’s voice amid the din.

Excerpt from The Lesson of St. Francis by John Michael Talbot

Do you find yourself running toward the noise? Or, away?  I find that when I am not noticing it I seem to be drawn to the noise, to the busyness of life.  It takes a conscious and concerted effort to turn away and find the solitude.  How does the process work for you? 

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