Our task is the opposite of distraction. Our task it to help people concentrate on the real but often hidden event of God’s active presence in their lives. Hence the question that must guide all organizing activity in a parish is not how to keep people busy but how to keep them from being so busy that they can no longer hear the voice of God who speaks into the silence.

– Henri Nouwen, as quoted by Adam S. McHugh in Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture, p. 151


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