Friday, August 20

Lessons from Saints - St. Samuel the Prophet

Today is the feast of Samuel the Prophet. Of all the Old Testament figures, Samuel holds a very special resonance for me. When he was a young man, Samuel heard the Voice of God and answered "Speak, for Your servant is listening." By doing so, he began a life of unique service. My own experience occurred when I was an early teen, not terribly different from Samuel. Though I have, at some times in my life, not heard the Divine, it is not because She was not speaking, but that I wasn't listening to Him. I understand now the mistakes I have made, but the Voice is still there. If we listen carefully, humbly and with devotion, one can still hear It.

Speak, oh Lord, for Your servant is listening.

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