We begin the new year by celebrating the oldest Marian feast in the calendar and re-reading the Rule of St Benedict, starting with the Prologue. Just as the Rule begins with the word Obsculta, ‘Listen’, so Mary’s whole life was a constant listening to God in humble obedience to his will. Now that the fireworks and the partying are over, how will you spend 2013? Will you be listening, or will you be doing all the talking? If you want to know the answer, take a look at your new year resolutions (if you’ve made any). If they are mere wishes, things you’d like to happen, but with no serious attempt on your part to make them come about, it could be that you are mainly talking. If, on the other hand, they are serious attempts at improvement, which will require effort and commitment on your part, it could be that you’ve begun listening. Prospere procede!

Last year I wrote about today’s feast as the hinge of the year. I think it’s still valid, see here.



6 thoughts on “Listening”

  1. I’m not making any New Year resolutions. Instead, I’m daily asking the Holy Spirit to instruct me at every turn and to pray through me for the world and those near at hand. Hopefully that will incorporate the gift of ‘listening’.

    Grace, peace and inspiration to you this year and always!

  2. Dear sisters

    I hadn’t realised you’d moved! May this coming year in your new home be greatly blessed by God, and your prayer and work ever more fruitful for His Kingdom. God willing, and if it’s OK with you, I look forward to paying you a visit on your ‘barn’.

    Love from John

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