Listening as the prophets listen, is not being able to hear clearly, the way
you can hear [someone talking to you]. It means listening with what St. Benedict
calls 'the ear of the heart.' The ear of the heart hears the voice of God above
the voices of the world. It hears the voice of hope in the midst of despair,
the voice of calm in the midst of fear, the voice of new life in the midst
of death. The Biblical prophets listened with the ear of their hearts, and
that is why, when they did speak, people listened.
from “Listening with the Ear of Your Heart”