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Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.

Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.

Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,

that I love but what is holy.

Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,

to defend all that is holy.

Guard me then, O Holy Spirit,

that I may always be holy.


St. Augustine


Silence. I crave silence

If I do not get enough silence, I cannot write, I cannot pray, I cannot think. And I get grumpy.

Silence allows us to listen to God. Silence allows us to hear His voice instead of hearing our own voices. Silence allows us to hear God in the rest of the day, in the midst of the noise, in the midst of our daily activities.

We can observe silence while folding the laundry, while waiting in line, while taking a coffee break alone.

No matter how you pray, even if your prayer is one of lots of words, everyone needs some time of silence every day, even if it is just for 10 minutes.

Try it. You may be surprised.

Colleen Spiro

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