I talk to God...
I have always tried to teach my son, Joshua, different ways to pray. In addition to teaching him meal prayers, traditional prayers (the Our Father, the Hail Mary, etc), my husband & I will read the Bible with him quite frequently. We also encourage him in spontaneous prayer – speaking to Jesus from his heart.
I have taken Joshua to Eucharistic adoration, Holy Hours, Gospel revival prayer services, and other places that highlight the ways that we, as Catholics, express our prayer/communion with God. I have done this in order to expose him to various ways we can communicate with God.
Why doesn't God talk to me?
Driving in the car the other day, out of the blue, he asked, “Mommy, why doesn’t God talk?” Fortunately, since this isn’t the first time I have heard this question, I was able to have a pretty good discussion with him. My mind, however, did flash back to all those times I had been asked a similar question, minus the “Mommy” salutation. College students, high school students, parents, catechists, friends, family members, colleagues, & even strangers have asked this question.
God does talk-we just have to know how to listen...
This question needs to be considered in relation to Evangelation. We hear a lot about Evangelization & the New Evangelization these days – the sharing & bearing witness to God, to a personal God who loves us & reveals Himself to us in the Divine Person, Jesus Christ. This is a simple explanation of what Evangelization is. It is what we, as Catholic Christians, are called to by our Baptism. If we are going to take this call seriously – then we had better be prepared to answer this question framed a little differently: Not, “Why doesn’t God talk?” Rather, “How does God speak to us? How does He speak to me? How does He speak to you?”
There are different ways He speaks to us, but the key is – are we listening? As I explained to my son, to hear God speak requires a special kind of listening. A listening where we are quiet – quiet in mind & heart; a listening where we ask in the different things & events that are occuring in our lives, “Jesus, what are You saying to me – here and now?”
So what are those ways that God speaks to us?
- The Bible- Scripture is the Word of God. St Jerome said, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ!” Here we encounter the God’s Word – God speaking & communicating to us.
- Other people – Family, friends, strangers, ministers… we are a community of people and God will use people, especially those who are friends with Him, to speak His word to us.
- The Liturgical Life of the Church – Mass, the Sacraments – these in a real, direct, & intimate way are God speaking to us personally, & within the community of believeers. He draws us deeper into a relationship with Him.
- Events – often times, when we are praying about what we should do – we look back at events (both happy & sad) that have occurred & clearly see that God has been trying to communicate His plan to us.
- Saints, spiritual writers – the Saints are friends of God, as are spiritual writers. God will use their writings to speak to us and guide us or confirm things/thoughts/ideas for us.
- The Church – Her ministers, Her teachings – all of these help us to know what God is saying – through the teachings of Christ – they can clarify & confirm what we think we have heard God say.
- Directly – God may speak directly to use through a small still voice – that we hear in the silence of our hearts. Or we may actually hear an audible voice, although this is rare. He may also speak to us directly through an inspiration – gently or almost in an irresistible way.
Speaking- heart to heart.
With all of this being noted, it is important to realize that what we are talking about when speaking with God. is prayer. It is being in union with God -as St Paul says – praying always. Prayer is recipricol – ” a lifting of one’s mind & heart to God” - it is an action between God and us humans – a covenant relationship… we both speak and we both listen…God does talk —However, let us make sure we are listening… read more.