When discussing this project with my husband, he (while thumping a fist to his chest playfully) said, “Everybody needs a manifesto!” Every cause, ministry, and group has a central core mission from which all endeavors and words spring.
May God be with you all your days as you journey, with me, in the endeavor of being still and listening.
Blessed be the ones who hear by heart.
Listen carefully, my child, to the master’s instruction, and attend to them with the ear of your heart…
– St. Benedict, the third patron saint of Europe, for servants who break their master’s things, for gallbladders and other inflammatory ailments, and for a happy death. As well as for students, Kidney disease, and poisoning.
“You were born to a greater purpose. Listen… Listen with your heart. Remember all we are and all that’s come before…. “
– from the movie Roar
“The reality of the other person lies not in what he reveals to you but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather to what he does not say.”
– Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
The promise of this work is that everyone hears. The deaf, the implanted, the hard of hearing — we all hear. We hear the blood rush in our ears, our heartbeat pulsing, and the silence that roars loudest even for the hearing people. But the best of all is when we hear with our heart. God speaks in a distinctive voice.
- Re-interpret the way you listen and hear.
- Redefine hearing in your own way.
- Hold every form of communication available to you.
- Understand that you are different and the same.
- Stories do not begin in the ear, but your heart.
- Find support in this journey of hearing.
- Do it all prayerfully, with our hearts open.