The Holy Spirit does not speak to a soul that is distracted and garrulous. He speaks by His quiet inspirations to a soul that is recollected, to a soul that knows how to keep silence (Diary, 552).
Silence requires courage. Silence reveals that which is difficult to accept about ourselves. Persevering in silence presupposes a readiness to undertake the battle to remove the obstacles that the Holy Spirit will reveal to us. And because we want our heart to be like the merciful Heart of God, a lot of work awaits us – actually, a lot of cooperation. We have to move from distraction to concentration, to change our talkativeness to interior silence. Then we will become, as it were, a multi-purpose instrument of the Holy Spirit.
O Holy Spirit, quieten the din in my heart!