only to love her more patiently, to
be of service in her struggle and not
be more brooding weight for her to
carry? Can I stop advising my children, now that they are in their 20s,
and let them go, let them discern
their roads for themselves?
How do you make these choic-
es? How do you listen to the Voice?
My quiet, muddled advice: Be silent.
Hide your phone. Sit near the sea
or a river or a forest. Lose your ego.
Turn off your brain. Take off your
masks, gingerly, one by one. Bow
gently to those you love and then
ignore them. Be still. Stop thinking.
Do not measure and calibrate and
gauge. Let go. Listen to the birds.
After a while, you will lose track of
the time, and after another while,
sometimes, you will know. Don’t
leap up, and don’t immediately put
it in words. Enjoy the moment. It’s
hard to get to that blessed country,
and I find it pleasant to linger. Best
Remember to say thanks to
Whatever it is that we are talking
about. You and I know what we are
talking about, but some things are
better left unnamed so we can hear
them better. Words sometimes get
in the way. =
Reprinted with the permission of The
Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf
of the Estate of Brian Doyle, www.
VocationNetwork.org, “What does it
mean to say that God is calling me?”
really. . .
e Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery
FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS
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