Take time out daily for silent prayer to hear God’s voice

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People need to carve time out of their busy day to dedicate to silent prayer or meditation in order to hear what God has to say, said Pope Benedict XVI.

The faithful also have to remember not to become completely caught up in their daily activities and concerns, forgetting that Jesus should be the focus of their lives, he said at his weekly general audience Sept. 9.

Continuing a series of audience talks about influential Christian writers from the Middle Ages, the pope focused his catechesis on the life of St. Peter Damian, an 11th-century monk, cardinal and doctor of the Church.

Living an austere, secluded life in a cloister, St. Peter Damian determined that “the hermetic life was the apex of Christian life” because it allowed one to be free from the ego and from worldly concerns, said the pope.

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