Something about Listening

The following excerpt is from a reflection written by Fr. Bonaventure Sauer OCD

When we “listen deeply” to, say, natural sounds, the thing we are actually hearing can, of course, vary.  It may be the sound of wind at the window, or of geese honking as they fly by overhead, or of a distant train, or of waves washing against the shore, or of rain pounding the roof, or the murmur of water running over stone along a creek bed.

These are each particularly haunting natural sounds.  Or at least I find them so.  And when I listen to them, I hear, yes, the sound itself.  But I hear, “deeply,” something else, something hidden yet present within the sound.  You might say the sounds have acquired a kind of sacramental quality to them.  They help make present the sacred.

It is an interesting topic.  Here is a link to the original post: Listening Deeply

Fr. Sauer is the Provincial Delegate to the Discalced Carmelite Seculars of the Province of St Therese (aka the Oklahoma Province)

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