.- During the Synod of Bishops on Tuesday, the Peruvian founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, Luis Fernando Figari Rodrigo, said âactive silence,â which makes us open to reverent attentiveness to the Word of God, is the path towards a personal and sanctifying encounter with the Lord.
During the session in which various founders and general superiors addressed the bishops, Luis Fernando Figari recalled how âPope Paul VI emphasized the communicative dimension of divine revelation in Ecclesiam Suam,â something that is expressed âin that beautiful passage of Exodus in which we are told that âGod spoke with Moses face to face, as with a friendâ.â
âWith the arrival of the fullness of time, God pronounced his Word, who is in God from the beginning and who is God, and He was born of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit,â the Peruvian founder said.
âThe Eternal Word incarnate speaks in human language and manifests the mystery of God and his Plan, as well as the mystery of the human being, the grandeur of his vocation and the horizon of his personal fulfillment,â he added.
âThe Word of God written through the inspiration of the Spirit,â he continued, âquestions the deepest part of the human being and invites him to the passionate and indescribable encounter with the Lord Jesus.â
Therefore, âthe mastery of active silence that implies not only attentiveness but also doing so in the Ecclesia (Church), opening the heart to the interiorizing and adhering to the Word of God.â
âIn listening and receiving the Word, it nourishes the faith in our minds, transforming our way of thinking until we have âthe mind of Christ;â it awakens the faith in our hearts until we have âamong us the very sentiments that Jesus Christ hadâ; and it drives us to put our faith in action, conscious that those who âhear the word and put it into practiceâ are blessed,â Figari said. âThe Virgin Mary is the model of listening and responding to the Word of God,â he said in conclusion.