Teach Me to Listen
Let us ask for the grace to hear God speaking to us through our families, colleagues, in our work and circumstances. May we be able to listen to the Lord’s subtle whispers amidst the sounds outside us and the noises within our hearts.
Teach Me to Listen (adapted by John Veltri, SJ*)
Teach me to listen, O God,
to those nearest me,
my family, my friends, my co-workers.
Help me to be aware that
no matter what words I hear,
the message is, “Accept the person I am. Listen to me.”
Teach me to listen, my caring God,
to those far from me–
the whisper of the hopeless,
the plea of the forgotten,
the cry of the anguished.
Teach me to listen, O God my Mother,
Help me to be less afraid
to trust the voice inside
— in the deepest part of me.
Teach me to listen, Holy Spirit,
for your voice —
in busyness and in boredom,
in certainty and doubt,
in noise and in silence.
Teach me, Lord, to listen. Amen.
*John Veltri, SJ directs retreats and does spiritual direction