I’ve been meaning to write a blog post, then putting it off time and again because I don’t know how I can possibly do it. For more than year now God has been moving in me, pulling me in what seems like a hundred different directions, softening and shaping my stony heart in various ways and encouraging, pushing, even forcing me to surrender, little by little, to Him.
In some sense, it has all come to a head, in this month of the Sacred Heart, as that seems to be the destination toward which He is calling me, the burning, bleeding, beating heart of Love Himself, the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I don’t know how explain the connections in one coherent post, so I’ve decided to attempt something I’ve not done in a long while: short daily posts to explain how God has lured me toward the Heart of Love.
This journey has taken me from a comfortable job in my own parish through unemployment and underpaid exhaustion to an uncomfortable calling in a new parish community. It has guided me through Marian consecration to saints I thought I knew (Faustina, Maximilian Kolbe, Teresa of Calcutta), saints I ought to know better (my patron, Francis de Sales, and his friend and counterpart, Jane de Chantal), and saints I didn’t know at all (Margaret Mary Alacoque and Gemma Galgani). It has led me to know my own heart’s strengths and weaknesses better and to pray in earnest: “O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine.”
I’m more than a year into this journey and I still don’t know what He has in store, but it’s too exciting to turn back. Jesus, I trust you. Lead on.
Check back day by day, and please comment if something touches you. If I miss a day, go ahead and give me grief! I hope to see you here.
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Sacred Heart posts to date:
- Journey to the Heart of Love
- Journey to the Heart: A Timeline
- Love In the Present Tense
- Heart First: The Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales
- Motherland of Mercy Part 1: St. Maximilian Kolbe
- Motherland of Mercy Part 2: St. Faustina Kowalska
- Motherland of Mercy Part 3: Pope St. John Paul II
- Spiritual Fatherhood
- “Jesus, I Trust in You”
- Other Nudges
- In a Heartwardly Direction…
- Spiritual Cardio, Part 1
- Spiritual Cardio, Part 2
- More Connections: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
- Heartstrings II
- Heartstrings III
- Heartstrings IV
- The Narrow Way
- Loose Ends and Lessons