|LESSONS from Our Lord for the World
Volume V Lesson #17
In L’verna, Italy (site where St. Francis received the stigmata)
September 10, 1995
THE SILENCE OF THE HEART
My little one, in today’s world people do not take the time to reflect on God’s goodness in silence. They are busy seeking enticements of the world, and speech is often what becomes their companion over silence. Yet when My people are in need , they briefly come to Me and are quick to ask for graces on behalf of their needs without taking the time for contemplation and prayer in gratitude. My people speak too much and do not listen with their hearts. How I desire to fill My people with fond joy in their hearts through silence. Those who desire silence and prayer many times struggle because of the many people who violate their silence with disrespect and lack of compassion. I desire My people to take the time to reflect in silence on My love and My will for them. If My people are too busy to take time to reflect on My love, how can they discern what My will is for them? It is through prayer and contemplation that peace resides in the heart. In peace can you discern the Way of God. Prayer and contemplation allow you to be at peace with yourself, no matter what distractions or confusion surround you.
My people take little time for silent prayer and many do not take any time for silent meditation. Then when confusion and chaos strike, they are not able to find peace within. Consequently, only few of My people are able to know the truth and follow My Way.
Most importantly, I want to speak to My people and fill them with all they desire: the freedom, the peace, the joy, wisdom and happiness of the heart; but they deny themselves and Me by not adhering to My request to pray within the silence of the heart. Confusion and chaos will only continue if no one believes in My Word to reflect in prayer on My will and My love. How can you live My Word if you do not reflect on it? How can you understand the meaning of My Word and discern it as it pertains to your life and My will for you if you do not respect My gift of silence? There is a time for speech and a time for silence. I tell you few of My people know the time for silence. When you are able to reflect in silence, you will see there are more speakable words in your heart than those found on your lips.
It is good, little one, that you have come back to My place where I spoke first to you about silence. Now you see there are many people who seek in pilgrimage their needs from Me and who fail to see that one of the greatest gifts of My merciful love is silence of the heart in order that their needs would be fulfilled. I have so many graces to give; and yet, there are so few who truly desire them. They ask, ask and ask, but do not allow Me to give because My gift to them they choose not to receive. It is not in the format they expect and so they block the truth and light in answer to their request. Pray for their needs. I love My people. I desire to unite with them more intimately; and yet, I wait for them. I will wait and continue to wait for them because of My great love for them. Simplicity of life and My will for you reside in the silence of your heart! Seek me there and you shall find Me and your joy. Peace to you, little one. My blessings and love.
End of Lesson #17.