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All people were given ears to hear, but those who do hear are few; and of those who hear, those who understand are few, and very few from among those who hear and understand are living what they heard and understood. Those who are heading towards the kingdom are few, and the door is narrow.
Listen, understand, and be witnesses. Listen to the voice of the Lord, understand the truth, and witness to the truth you have perceived, and live in it. Be silent so you may hear, and listen to the voice of the Lord. But be careful to avoid listening to the resounding echo of your own thoughts. Transcend your thoughts, and let the word of God purify them, erasing what needs to be wiped away and inscribing what needs to be written again.
Man is a part of the whole, and the part must listen to the whole. Just as the drop of water is to the river, a drop of water cannot be a river, even if it contains everything that is in the river; but the river is all drops of water on the same course. A drop of water in the river is the river, but the drop of water that is outside the river’s flow is merely a drop of water. Listen to the course of the universe, for you are part of it.
The whole universe is on a pilgrimage towards the heart of the Father, just as the course of the world’s rivers flows towards the sea. Do not fail to join this journey; the drop of water outside of the river can never reach the sea.
Listen, understand the truth and allow it to permeate your spirit. Break all outer layers and break up all accumulations in which the world has wrapped you and which have concealed God’s face from you. Humble yourself and relinquish the thoughts that blocked you from God’s voice, even if some of them have formed you and made you. Listen with humility and let your heart be soft and your mind free. Listening without humility and repentance is like an echo lost in the valleys: no matter how strong the echo, the mountain remains a mountain, the valley a valley and the rock, a rock. Listen with humility, understand the truth deeply, and bear witness with courage.
Listen so you may understand and know, and live in accordance with the truth that you have known: It is not enough for you to know the path, you must walk it.
God will shed light on the pages, but it is you who must read; God will light your way, but it is you who must do the walking. Whoever goes up, goes up on his feet, and whoever goes down, goes down on his feet.
Wherever you arrive, it is your own feet that brought you there. Be in a constant state of listening and permanent examination of conscience. Redo your calculations every day, change your life and renew it. If you listen with humility you will hear and understand the truth and the truth will set you free. Free yourself from the ropes that bind you: your own thoughts, your personal beliefs, and your passions bind you like the ropes that tie the boat to the shore. A boat on the shore in a port is held by its ropes, which provide its safety but prevent it from sailing. Let the word of God untie your ropes and cut that which needs to be cut, rope after rope, even if you suffer. Do not live inside your own passions and thoughts, even if they give you rest and security.
Security is an illusion without the peace of Christ. Rest is deception if it is not in the heart of God. Do not fear to free yourselves from the shore and to depart from the port. Let God set you free, His word guide you and the Spirit fill your sails. Then you will reach the shore of light. A boat is meant to sail across the sea and not to remain in the port. In order for a boat to reach the far deep seas, all its ropes must be untied, and if even one rope keeps it tethered, it will remain in the port.
Keep only the ropes that tie your sails and guide you, along with the ropes of love and partnership that bind you to your brother in humanity. Your journey in this world is the trip of your holiness. Holiness is a state of constant transformation from matter into light.
Pray to listen, pray to understand and pray to live your faith, apply it and bear witness. Pray to be transformed into light. Listen with prayer, understand the truth with prayer, live and bear witness with prayer. Let all your life be prayer and service. If you pray without serving, you turn the Cross of Christ into a piece of wood in your life; and if you serve without praying, then you will be serving only yourself. Pray in your bedroom. Pray with your family, and pray in your Church community. Pray in your bedroom in intimacy with the Lord; then you will preserve your soul and open your mind to the mystery of God. Pray with your family; then you will protect your family and place it in the heart of the Holy Trinity. Pray with the Church community; then you will protect your Church and bring the kingdom closer. Your personal prayer alone with the Lord will put you in the heart of God, your prayer in the bosom of the family will place you in the bosom of the Trinity, and your community prayer in the heart of the Church confirms you in the body of Christ.
A person who prays lives the mystery of existence, while the person who does not pray barely exists. Become experienced with silence; the kind of silence that is attentive, alive, and far from the silence of nothingness. Become experienced with silence; forge yourself in love, mature in sanctity. Listen to hear, humble yourself to understand, believe, and have courage to bear witness, and love so you may be sanctified.