I’ve lost count of all the junk mail I’ve deleted from the comments section of this blog. Every day there are comments in my in box awaiting approval that have nothing whatsoever to do with the entry. While I invite comments and I enjoy reading your responses, they are surrounded by a lot of unnecessary clamor to wade through to get to your good thoughts.
There’s a Lenten study going on at St. Mary’s right now on the Rule of Benedict. We just read Benedict’s rule regarding silence. Too much talking draws our attention away from what is truly important. We live in a world where, for various reasons, we cannot sit comfortably in silence. Every moment has to be filled with talking, or background music, or the pervasive din of electronica. A truly silent place is hard to find, and actually sitting in silence for 3-minutes seems impossibly long. I’m reminded of a saying about people having two ears and one mouth. It’s so we can listen twice as much as we speak.
If God does speak in a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12), how are we supposed to hear it with all the unnecessary clamor that surrounds us? How do we clear out the in box of our minds and souls to get to the good thoughts?