From Benedict XVI's March 7 general audience: Silence has 'the capacity to open a space in our inner being, a space in which God can dwell, which can ensure that his word remains within us and that love for him is rooted in our minds and hearts and animates our lives.'
On Ash Wednesday, the Holy Father reflected: 'In these 40 days that will lead us to Easter, may we find new courage to accept with patience and with faith situations of difficulty, of affliction and trial, knowing that from the darkness the Lord will make a new day dawn.' He also commented on the meaning of ashes.
'We should entrust ourselves to the will of the Father, reading events in the perspective of his glory, of his plan of love, which is often a mystery to our eyes. ... In our prayer, request, praise and thanksgiving should fuse together, even when it seems to us that God does not respond to our expectations.'