As one person speaks to another, the relevance of a spiritual aura – a life of prayer – may touch the listener along with the message. If remnants of worldly ways, material attachments, judgments, or blame are attached to the speaker, the message hasn’t much chance. Maybe that’s why we pay closer attention to what is written, where the speaker’s demeanor is hidden.
Listening to You, face-to-face, must have been a magneticexperience. Your life gave impetus to the truth of what You said.The tendency should be for us to pay closer attention to what good people have to say. Unfortunately, even truly good people often have faults and idiosyncrasies; and also, unfortunately, we tend to zero-in on them and let them affect what we hear them say.
It tells me something about myself when I frequently get the feeling that the person I’m talking to is not really paying attention. If I am speaking about You, religion, or spiritual matters, I’m afraid my visible persona gets in the way. How can a person have anything meaningful to say about such matters when they have so many outward faults, or don’t seem to practice what they preach, or don’t act according to what they say they believe? Maybe that’s why I turn so frequently to the written word where there is an anonymity which belies my faults. There is, then, the feeling that if I hide my faults someone may listen.