Prayer is like learning a new language, the language of God.
When we learn a new language, it helps to be quiet and listen. This entails not only physical silence but also psychological. In fact, the interior silence is more important than the exterior. If we’re not judging events and people, if we’re not calculating, if we’re not thinking too much, we listen better. Children learn from their parents because they have trust and abandon; they just absorb what is said and don’t question too deeply. It is an assimilation based on confidence in the other. Adults, on the other hand, have barriers to this kind of assimilation of language. They get caught up on an analysis or a judgment. This happens to greater or lesser degrees depending on the particular child and the particular adult, but the general truth remains a general truth nonetheless.
Isn’t this like contemplation? The more we are silent inside, confident in God, abandoned to him and his providence, not passing judgments on people and on the course of events beyond what is absolutely necessary, then we listen. Jesus asks us to become as little children, to let ourselves be grabbed into the arms of the one we trust. Then we can listen better. Our prayer is better, less noisy, more full of simplicity and trust. We can learn the language, which is Infinite Love, with which the Blessed Trinity communicates within Itself and which is the substratum on which the entire world is made and from which the entire world derives its being:
Listen to them speaking
“I love you,” says each to each
Living in me