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INTO THE SILENCE - Retreat #7 in the Everyday

The Language of God & the Spirituality of Heart

“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”

Jesus in Matt 6:21

“Many of the world’s religions believe there’s one simple path that leads us towards God, its been at the core of the Catholic mystical tradition for centuries, it’s called - silence.

Daunting as it maybe, we all need silence, when we enter regularly into silence, we start to see things with greater clarity, especially I come to know myself, I come in touch with that part of myself, which is the deepest part - my soul. Life would be transformed for the better, if we could embrace silence. Many people’s lives are so full of busyness and so full of noise they are in danger of this really important part of their lives, dying away. Life would be transformed for the better.”

Fr. Christopher Jamison

Abbot & Benedictine monk, England

The Big Silence Documentary

The Interior Life

Our interior life begins in and flows out of and through our soul. The soul lies at the central core of our being, the place we are connected directly with the Spirit of God and that which operates through our mind/body. It is through our mind/body we experience the world around us and in us, and where we process those experiences through feelings and thoughts.

Entering our Interior

Allowing ourselves to move into the core of our being – at the level of our soul. How we reach that place is “into the Silence” of contemplation.

It is through our openness - to take that first step in trust will allow God to work in us. It starts with a desire and then an intention to do so; for God will not force us or overcome us. We can unconsciously hold back this natural desire to ‘be with’, yet wonder why we feel something is missing, feel exhausted or unfulfilled. It takes energy to resist such a natural flow between God and us.

For it takes courage to move pass those ‘blocks’ that may rise up with us during the Silence, which we will sense as a resistance.

Spirituality of the Heart

The heart has its reasons of which the mind knows nothing

Blaise Pascal

17th C French theologian, physicist, mathematician, logician

The Heart in scripture is the Person. Our heart speaks not just with words, but with affections.

Affections are those feelings, spontaneous thoughts, desires, deep emotions that well up from within us.

The content of our affections express our Inner Orientation–our whole self - intellect, feelings, unconscious and conscious intentions of the will. Our orientation is either moving towards God - towards the good, true and beautiful - or away from love that is God.

We are called to become aware of and mindful of the content of our affections, since they are indicators of our orientation towards or away from God.

How we come to know we are following His will, is when we follow are truest desires that are aligned with His desires. And how we come to realize our true deepest desires is by entering “into the Silence.”

How God Speaks

God reveals Gods-self indirectly to us in nature, through our encounters and within our interior self. There we may encounter a prompting, such as a feeling beyond ourselves. Or a voice not ours in which our soul shapes words in our head, in that sense we are ‘hearing voices’.

Both of which are movements of God within our soul of God speaking.

We are call to notice

Listening to the language of the heart (our affections) is where God reveals Gods-self inspiring from us a response – a totality of response – our whole self – our thoughts, feelings and desires (affections).

We are call to notice our deepest interior reactions to these promptings. These reactions are also called movements.

§ Non-material = thoughts, imaginations, memories, dreams, desires, feelings, moods, affections, intentions, and the will.

§ Material = our body – there we feel our emotions physically

They are considered spiritual (versus non-material) when they are directed from us towards and prompted from God within us.


Listening with the ‘ear of the heart’
“The important thing is not to think much but to love much.”

St. Teresa of Avila