August 14, 2013: Listening Is Praying

~ by Mary Galvano

One of the most important aspects of singing does not come from singing itself but rather from listening. Before learning to sing a song, being a good listener is a must. This also applies in conversation. Being a good listener is more important than being a good talker. It can be hard to do this when we have much on our mind to tell. By being a good listener, though, you will find more people wanting to talk to you and be in your company. Prayer is no different.

In prayer we are at conversation with God. Many times in prayer we rattle off our worries with all the problems we are facing asking God to please help us. We ask for this and that and hopefully we do give thanks for our many blessings. But the most important part of praying is listening. How often do we actually just sit and hear God speak? After all He is God. Stop and be quiet and hear God’s voice. He speaks ever so softly to our hearts. Feel his arm wrapped around your shoulders talking to you as a friend, yet His beloved child. He is telling you to rest in Him. He is watching over the world and He is still in charge. Close your eyes in silence and you will hear him clearly.

During adoration of the Blessed Sacrament we are not only with God spiritually but physically. As Catholics this is the heart of our faith. God is in other churches but, we believe we have both body and spirit because we believe the words of Jesus Christ to be true. At this time we especially need to be silent. Saying our prayers and the Rosary in front of the Blessed Sacrament is wonderful, however we must listen. See Jesus actually standing in front of you waiting to talk to you. Put down the book and anything else distracting you from submersing yourself completely in God’s presence. Why would you need anything else to pass the time when you have the author of prayer right in front of you? This is why it is important to be like little children. A child has no problem seeing God’s presence and hearing Him speak.

Not all of us have the opportunity to sit on top of a mountain or on a quiet beach and hear the voice of God. These places make it easy to do so. Most of us have to find windows of opportunity to be quiet with God. But, the more you take those opportunities the more they will appear. You will find yourself spending more time to be with God. That’s just how it works. Just like in conversations with others, we need to practice being good listeners. And God loves good listeners!

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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