Making an Altar of Your Heart

A message for the modern wife and mom from
St. Paul of the Cross lived in the 1700s. A time period presumably very different from our own. But it seems like wives and mothers of all ages have one thing in common: too much to do.  In 1760, a busy married woman wrote Paul of the Cross saying that she couldn’t find enough time to pray. Somehow, I think I, and probably many of you, could have written the same letter.

His response: “Build an oratory within yourself, and there have Jesus on the altar of your heart. Speak to him often while you are doing your work. Speak to him of his holy love, of his holy sufferings, and of the sorrows of the most holy Mary.”

Thank you, St. Paul, for words of wisdom from the 1700s that still apply today.

I love the idea that, in the midst of our busy search for God, there’s a simple solution that lies inside of us. It’s so easy to look outside ourselves and try to arrange everything differently in hopes of magically finding a couple more hours in the day. But we already have the real answer in our hearts. The hours we do have can become more meaningful to the degree that we connect with God’s presence from within.

Let’s do it, ladies! Let’s show the Lord how many hearts are waiting to welcome him into our daily lives.

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