Here we are in Lent, a time to be emptied a bit, to spend some precious moments in prayer, to fast, and to share with those in need. But some reflection on what fills us might also be good. St. Teresa of Avila said, “Let us imagine that within us is an extremely rich place. . . . Within us lies something incomparably more precious than what we see outside ourselves. Let’s not imagine that we are hollow inside.”
God dwells in us. Every moment of every day, we have the ability to enter the inner sanctuary of our hearts. There we can listen to God, be affirmed in our own inner goodness, and receive a word of encouragement. This helps us see the goodness of those around us as well, viewing them without competition or judgment.
Sometimes it’s hard to recognize God within because our inner being is filled by so much other “stuff”. Lent is a good time to look at what we’re reading, listening to, watching—all that we allow to occupy and clench at our hearts. Does it help to fan the fire of love burning in us, or stifle it? Consider these words of the Quaker Thomas Kelly: “Deep within us all, there is an amazing sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return. Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our time-torn lives. . . .”
Next week is National Catholic Sisters’ Week. Be sure to visit us here for some interesting Ursuline history!