Years ago, while teaching at Notre Dame, I offered a lecture on Buddhism and silence. The lecture included ideas on how silence enriches our life. Right after the lecture, a student hurried up to me and said enthusiastically, "Father, I had the best time with my girlfriend last night." I wondered what this had to do with the lecture, but he continued, "We drove to a park and sat in the car for a half hour, and neither of us said a word." From his excited tone, I could tell that this silent interlude had profoundly affected him and had deeply influenced his relationship with his friend.
Perhaps, in a much deeper way, this is what Jesus experienced with his Father during his quiet nights of prayer. Perhaps at times, we have experienced something similar in our silent moments with God. It might happen only rarely, but when it does, it is a transforming experience we never forget!
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