However, we've become so immune to the real need and reason for communication that we aren't aware God does speak to us...to everyone of us. It is the Divine Will of God that He speaks to us, and we, in turn should not only speak to Him, our Father, but also listen! And by listening, we learn! But are we really listening and learning?
Perhaps this is where we've all gone astray in the development of our faith-filled lives. Perhaps we've forgotten the essential element of listening, clearly with an unclouded heart, to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and the Voice of God which speaks to our hearts as Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. keeps hammering home weekly in his column at this site - "Hearts to Heart Talk. If we are not truly praying with and from the heart, and most of us have not mastered this special "art" yet because of all the static, then we have not truly "listened" to the messages given to us through Sacred Scripture; we have not truly "listened" to the Dogmas and Doctrines of Holy Mother Church; we have not truly "listened" to the messages Our Lady has imparted down through the ages, even to the present moment. She - the Ark of the Covenant is calling. She's trying to communicate with her little children everywhere in this special "Age of Marian Apparitions." Where she corresponds she is repeating Scripture - "Do whatever He tells you." In this short sentence from the wedding feast at Cana is contained a marvelous, even miraculous prescription for clearing up the static, for being in tune with the Trinity, and in fulfilling God's Divine and Perfect Will.
Yet so man of us forget that God talks to us. We complain, "I pray, I ask, but God doesn't answer. I don't hear anything." Is it perhaps because w're looking for something outstanding, a thundering voice, a flash of lightning, a spectacular vision or apparition? Could it be because somewhere deep within our hearts when we pray, we do all the talking and then, because we're afraid God's not going to give us what we want, we unconsciously don't listen because we don't want to hear the answer? In the next installment we will discuss this in "God does answer every prayer!".