It is no secret to anyone who knows me that I talk a lot. Sometimes it is out of nervousness and sometimes it’s just an effort to make someone feel comfortable in an awkward situation. I also talk to myself …words of encouragement in order to do something hard or words of criticism for having done something stupid. I don’t only talk to people; I also talk to God. I like to think that I am a good listener and am available for anyone who needs a shoulder to cry on or some advice. When it comes to God, he needs neither of those, but he does need me to listen. The thing is, I have to have my spiritual ears open and tuned up to hear what he says to me. Lord, please help me to hear and be open to your plan for me, during Lent and always.