Week 2: Mind - Day 3: Fuel

Yesterday, our challenge opened with a quote from G.K. Chesterton. He said, “...I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid.” How often do we think about what we’re feeding our intellects? Have we created a fertile place for wholesome thoughts to grow? St. Paul says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8) Is St. Paul asking us to do something impossible, to keep our minds focused on only holy things? To be sure, it’s difficult. In a world of billboards and advertisements and radio and social media, it can feel impossible to guard the mind (and heart) from the ways and follies of the world.

But we do have a defense. The antidote to the flood of lies, filth, injustice, ugliness, and selfishness of the world is very simple: silence. Silence is that fertile ground for wholesome thoughts. It is in silence that we learn to pray, listen, learn, and discern. God most often expresses Himself when we turn away from distraction and toward Him with open ears. I highly recommend the book The Power of Silence by Robert Cardinal Sarah for a better understanding of the beauty and necessity of silence.

My challenge today for you is this: find a way to schedule silence into your day. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is simply turning off the radio. Whenever you’re in your car or find yourself in a position where you’d normally turn music or the radio on, instead choose to sit in silence. It can be painful at first...it’s like a detox! But even that short amount of time in silence is practice for entering into prayer, for quieting the mind so that the Lord can be heard. In those moments of silence, ask God for the grace to foster a place in your heart where He can make His presence known to you and gently guide you throughout your day.

In His strength,