The Holy Spirit loves silence

Faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit — that is the shortest route (D. 291) to sanctity. St. Faustina understood this when she experienced how difficult it was to accomplish this task in her everyday life, so she often prayed for the grace of inner recollection, for the Holy Spirit does not speak to a soul that is distracted and garrulous. He speaks by His quiet inspirations to a soul that is recollected, to a soul that knows how to keep silence (D. 552). She tried to recognize the voice of God, to listen to Him in the sanctuary of her conscience, somehow drawing from her interior certain thoughts – enlightenments, or urges to perform certain acts. There were situations when Sister Faustina had difficulties to properly distinguish between God’s inspirations and satanic temptations. In such moments it was the Mother – the Church that always came to help her, in the gift of the confessors and spiritual director, in the gift of the superiors and the religious rule, and finally in the gift of clear teaching of the Church, God’s commandments, duties of the state. She knew that faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit required constant vigilance: A distracted soul runs the risk of a fall, and let it not be surprised when it does fall. O Spirit of God, Director of the soul, wise is he whom You have trained! But for the Spirit of God to act in the soul, peace and recollection are needed (D. 145).

Let us pray then for that grace: O Jesus, keep me in holy fear (that is in fear of committing a sin), so that I may not waste graces. Help me to be faithful to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit (D.1557).