I mentioned the other day that for the beginning of Advent, I invited the kids to pray in silence at the start of class. A friend of mine who used to be a 6th grade catechist remarked, “Oh, that’s the way I prayed with them almost all of the time.” I thought that was very refreshing. We sometimes think of prayer as a space that we have to fill up with words, when what we really need is to allow God to fill that space. Silence is one of the most profound ways that God talks to us. That doesn’t mean that in the midst of silence, we hear a voice. It means that the silence itself is God “speaking” to us. Kids could use more silence. What a gift we can offer them if we built silence into our sessions.
How about you? What role does silence play in your life? in your teaching?