Listen To Him
Mary welcomes Him from her heart,
And nestles at His feet to hear
Each word His lips are to impart –
Her mind is attentive and clear.
Like parched soil in early spring,
Her heart awaits to hear Him speak;
The rains of grace shower, stirring
Her heart to hold the Word she seeks.
The Word she hears becomes like seed:
In listening, this Word is sown;
The rains of grace nurture her need,
For this Word to mature full-grown.
He will speak to the heart that hears:
That cherishes the Word He brings;
That opens to Him as He nears –
And responds with heart-felt stirrings.
The seed that bears fruit is the Word;
How fertile are the hearts that heard!
Holy Spirit, open our ears
And hearts to welcome the Word in;
Form in us a true heart that hears
That the Word may take root within. Amen.
St John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel
Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2653, 2654, 2667
(c) Paul Buis, 2005