but we seldom listen

This book is a guide for those who wish to build an intimate and personal relationship with God. All too often we speak to God, asking him for His help and guidance, but how often do we listen, really listen?

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A Book of Reflection

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Deacon Chuck Lanham

A common complaint from many is that God never speaks to them. They pray, they argue, they plead, but God never responds. Fortunately, their complaint, while common enough couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth is that God responds to every prayer, every request, and every cry or plea for help.

The problem is not on God’s end. The problem is one that lies squarely on our own two shoulders, for we have forgotten how to listen for His Voice — or more precisely His Voices — and as a result we have lost the ability to hear and discern what He is trying to tell us.

He created us in His image and likeness, and bestowed on us free will, a notion that, to our great detriment, we have all too often taken as an unrestricted license to do all that we desire rather than what is the right and good thing to do, what God desires for us to do.

Man’s concupiscence, his inclination to sin, began almost before he took his first breath. Ignoring for the moment the serious damage that sin does to our souls and to our relationship with God we must also consider how it affects our spiritual hearing. Every time we sin, we do damage to the spiritual cochlea of our soul. Our ability to hear the tiny whispering sound of the LORD is diminished by the ever increasing, overwhelming noise of sin.

The good news is that, unlike the physical damage to our ears which often results in permanent loss of hearing, we can almost always regain any loss of spiritual hearing. Certainly not without serious effort and persistence but with God’s grace and the will to build a close, personal relationship with Him, anyone, no matter how much the sinner, can once again hear God’s Voice.

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About the Author

Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator.

Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin.

He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is “Colloqui: A journal for restless minds”, a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated.

He is the author of two books: “The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence” which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and “Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories” which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love.

He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

1 Comment

  1. Just dropping by to say “Hello” and to let you know that I have ordered your book.
    God bless you.

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