I have often regretted my speech, but never my silence.

We are invited this week to reflect upon the idea that there can be no communication without us using our gift of listening. Without listening we can never get to know each other or become aware of each other’s needs. To listen is to be on the receiving end of communication and is just as important as speaking – without a listener what is the point of a message? Just to have someone to listen can be a wonderful support in times of sadness or anxiety.

Father, we know that You listen each time we pray; You are the great listener!
Help us to remember to pray; to give You the chance to listen to us.
In our lives, let us meet people who listen.
It is a gift so precious and so rare!
And if You will, let each of us be in our turn, listeners to those who need it!
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen