The Sacred Heart

The fearful heart is the one that paralyzes you. It is the fearful heart that stops you from opening yourself up to trusting God.

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. A day that we should celebrate God’s perfect love for us. In today’s readings we have an invitation from God to join Him and rest in his loving presence.

Our day will bring us difficulties and we will try to navigate through these trials. As we anticipate what is ahead, it is easy to forget that God is with us. The problem is when we face these daily challenges, we tend to rehearse them in our head many times. During this practice we are only multiplying our suffering. Instead, sit with Matthew 11: 28-30.  Allow God to strengthen you and prepare you for your day, transforming your fear into confident trust.

” Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light”. – Matthew 11:28-30

The blessing of todays readings have reminded me of a poem that my Spiritual Director Cynthia shared with me when I questioned “where is God in my life”. ” How do I trust God when the eyes of my heart are shut.”

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.  -Pierre Telihard de Chardin SJ

 

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