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Catholic question

I seem to remember learning, in high school, about a religious figure who was held up and esteemed as being deeply spiritual, but who said he (she?) only ever heard silence as a response to all of his or her prayers. Does this ring a bell?


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Mar. 20th, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC)
St. Joseph
Probably not the memory you are attempting to recall, but yesterday, March 19, is observed as the Feast of St. Joseph, the father of Jesus. None of his words are recorded in the Bible; thus he is remembered as the "silent one". God/angels spoke to him many times in dreams, the stories in Matthew's Gospel simply report that he did as God asked.

Somewhat off-topic, I guess, but that's what your question evoked for me.

Mar. 20th, 2015 06:52 pm (UTC)
Re: St. Joseph
That is not the memory, but it is another subject worthy of some contemplation. Thank you for sharing, Dad.
Mar. 21st, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
Religious figure
There's Mother Teresa of Calcutta. I think she indicated she didn't have much sense of God's presence.
Mar. 21st, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Religious figure
I've been thinking that it could have been her, because I know it was someone fairly well-known.
Mar. 23rd, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
I pray often but I never hear the Divine in my mind. Presence comes more on the rising wind, or the word of a stranger, or the right song on the radio at the right time. There are many kinds of silences.
Mar. 23rd, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
In this case, I'm thinking of it more from the standpoint of faith and right action in spite of the silence.

I find this aspect of Mother Teresa's life almost more compelling than if she'd constantly heard or found something other than silence, although it sounds like she did have some increasingly distant memories of at least one point much earlier in her life where God spoke to her, which is probably still more than many people experience in this realm.

I still consider myself an atheist, but think there are still lessons to be learned from many of those with religious or spiritual convictions.
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