Prayer and Work

Listening with the ear of the heart

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I recently, this week, got the go ahead to begin providing pastoral counseling here at the monastery, for which I am most grateful and delighted. The opening phrase of the Rule of Benedict which exhorts us to “listen with the ear of the heart” is one that we Benedictines like to reference for all sorts of things. Thinking about it in terms of pastoral counseling, I realize there are so many ears and so many hearts: the counselor, the client, God. Practicing empathy, I listen with the ear of the heart, the person listens to God with the ear of his or her heart, God is listening to all of us with the ear of God’s heart, and the people most certainly need to be listening very attentively to their own hearts. In these sessions, the clients and I do our best to listen to God’s heart, as well. And . . . as Bob Marley so wonderfully pointed out to us, it is really all One Heart.

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