March 25, Wednesday
As a professional sound editor, Jim Schaefer listens for a living. So much of spiritual discernment involves listening for the still, small voice of God; so it makes sense that Jim sent us a beautifully conceived and skillfully composed sound collage. You may want to plug in your earphones before you click “play.”
Sunday Readings - Week 5
A procedural note: our reflections and prayers will refer to the Sunday readings for the week, not the daily readings.
Close Your Eyes and Listen
by Jim Schaefer
Jim Schaefer serves as in-house sound editor & mixer for Loyola Productions, a Jesuit-led media company in Los Angeles. This is his fourth year with the company and twelfth year of “Jesuit brainwashing,” as he fondly calls his ongoing Ignatian education, which began at St. Louis University High School and continued at Loyola Marymount University. In addition to sound editorial, he is a producer for the Ignatian Network (IN Network) and assists with Christus Ministries.
God of silence and God of all sound,
help me to listen.
Help me to do the deep listening to the sounds of my soul,
waiting to hear your soft voice calling me deeper into you.
Give me attentive ears
that begin to separate the noise from the sounds that are you;
you who have been speaking to me
and through me my whole life,
for so long that you can seem like background noise.
Today help me hear you anew.
In my heart I hear a music that has no words, a harmony that has no sound: yet so gladsome is what I hear that nothing in the world can be compared thereto.
: Ignatius Loyola
Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement, to get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.
: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Did you hear the call? Now give thanks to God, that he has called you to hear it!
: Richard Wagner
Discernment is always done in the presence of the Lord, looking at the signs, listening to the things that happen, the feeling of the people, especially the poor. My choices, including those related to the day-to-day aspects of life, like the use of a modest car, are related to a spiritual discernment that responds to a need that arises from looking at things, at people and from reading the signs of the times.
: Pope Francis
Scene from THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER (1968)
Tabula Rasa 1. Ludus (Arvo Part)
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