Living Prayerfully: On Silence

The cool Nova Scotia weather and rainy days have gotten to me..I’m locked inside this weekend trying to fight off a cold. Thank goodness for hot tea and vitamin C! My roommates took off for Halifax so there is an odd silence lingering in my apartment. So often we’re uncomfortable with silence (I know I am!) but it’s sooo important to shut the world out now and then. We cannot really pray, we cannot really hear God, if we do not practice internal and external silence. It is a crucial part of the spiritual life. Mother Teresa said,

“In the silence of the heart God speaks…We need silence to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say but what God says to us and through us…In the silence of the heart, God speaks and you have to listen. Then in the fullness of your heart, because it is full of God, full of love, full of compassion, full of faith, your mouth will speak.”

-Excerpt from No Greater Love

I’m going to take full advantage of the cold that is keeping me locked inside to enjoy the silence, contemplate, and listen.

I also cooked up some apple sauce after my trip to the farmers’ market this morning. It’s really delicious and tastes so much better than the canned variety. Here’s the recipe in all its wholesome goodness:

Homemade Apple Sauce

  • 5 pounds of peeled apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


In a large pot, add the diced apples, water, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Let the apples cook over medium to low heat until they are soft, about 20 minutes. Add the vanilla and lemon juice.  At this point you can either put the apples in a food processor or use a potato masher to mash them.  Add more sugar or cinnamon to taste and enjoy!

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