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The Power of Silence for Baptized Souls

My first Christmas card in the seminary was such a memorable one that I still have it today. It was a beautiful up-close picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary, head bowed, and eyes closed in deep prayerful silence before the mystery of God who had just taken flesh in her chaste womb. I wondered why the seminary community gave me this particular card. One of my religious brothers said to me, “You got that card because you talk too much.” He was probably right. I could surely talk less and reduce my inner chatter. 

Many things happened when Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist in the Jordan river. The heavens were torn open. The Holy Spirit descended on Him in the form of a dove and the Father exclaimed, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” All of heaven and earth seemed to be thrown into joyful ecstasy as Jesus was baptized.

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