How can we quiet the mind to better hear the Holy Spirit, especially when we are suffering?
The Human Condition
Our first reaction to discomfort, fear, or pain is negative. We grow frustrated and angry towards others, especially God. It requires an act of the will to turn around and choose peace, and with peace comes a quiet mind. We must choose to move ahead in faith. But this isn't easy. To be able to resist this natural human reaction requires an act of faith that is only possible through a relationship with God - a relationship that is made possible through prayer.
A Prayer for Prayer
In order to trust God we must have a better prayer life and in order to have a better prayer life, we must trust God. The two go hand-in-hand. So where do we start? Fr. Spitzer recommends starting with a simple petition, "Lord Jesus, I place my trust in you." By repeating this prayer over and over, we can get over our fear and anxiety. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can choose to put our trust in God and allow Him to lead us.