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Silence + Solitude
Our everyday lives are often filled with busyness, conversation, work, and ultimately different types of noise. Deep down we all crave silence and to hear the voice of God; it is fundamental to our humanity and to our relationships with God, but why is that so hard? Join us on February 2nd as Fr. Dan Westermann talks with us about the importance of silence and solitude in our spiritual lives.
Fr. Daniel Westermann
Fr. Dan grew up in Pinckney, Michigan. He attended St. John Vianney College Seminary in the Twin Cities right out of High School, and then the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy before being ordained a priest in 2014. He has served in various parishes in the Diocese of Lansing, and currently is the pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ypsilanti.
In a digital age, it's easier than ever before to “gain the whole world, and yet lose your soul.” How do you stay emotionally and spiritually alive and awake when you're surrounded by near-constant distractions?
Silence and solitude isn’t for the faint of heart. Often when we slow down long enough to get alone with ourselves and God, we feel all sorts of emotions that we’ve been frantically trying to outrun in the busyness of our lives. Have you ever tried sitting in the discomfort these emotions often bring as our silence allows them to surface after long stretches of avoiding them?
Most people, whether they are aware of it or not, are living with some form of low-grade anxiety. Between digital distraction, relational pain, and daily stress, many of us are carrying burdens much larger than we often choose to acknowledge. We must learn to cast our cares on God. Do you feel overburdened by things you weren't meant to carry alone?
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