Pope Benedict XVI:
If God speaks to us even in silence, we in turn discover in silence the possibility of speaking with God and about God. 'We need that silence which becomes contemplation, which introduces us into God’s silence and brings us to the point where the Word, the redeeming Word, is born' (Homily, Eucharistic Celebration with Members of the International Theological Commission, 6 October 2006).Often, the Lord speaks to us in a whisper as He did to Elijah:
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lordwas not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (2 Kings 19:11-13)Loving and merciful Father, fill me with your grace, that my ears may hear your whisper. Lord, fill my heart with the love for you, that I may do your will. Lord, help me to decrease so that you can increase. In the holy name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.