Words written to a friend, wife, mother, a women with many responsibilities:
We possess our heaven within us since He who satisfies the hunger of the glorified in the light of vision gives Himself to us in faith and mystery, it is the same One! It seems to me that I have found heaven on earth, since Heaven is God and God is in my soul. The day I understood that, everything became clear to me. I would like to whisper this secret to those I loves so that they too might always cling to God in everything.–Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)
Last Sunday I began my second year of Scripture Study with seven middle school age girls. They are fabulous! They aren’t particularly talkative or curious or holy but they are perfect and I am so grateful to be sharing my faith with them. So when I came across these words of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, my heart leaped with recognition. It is my most fervent prayer that God use me to touch these girls and build a relationship with the Divine. The only thing is that it is not necessarily my style to whisper such wonderful news;-) I have to remember to restrain myself with the girls while maintaining my sincerity. Is there someone or ones that you would like to whisper this secret to? Who do you wish knew that they possessed all that they are seeking within themselves?
and these words…
Pilgrim God, bring my soul into harmony with you. Let there be no false harmony in me, such as saying I want you but not really meaning it. Give me the desire that brings my whole body into harmony with my heart, that I may become truly at one with you and with the whole of creation. Thus you will be my companion on the way and the friend who meets me at the end of my journey. (words of Angela Foligno)
When I read this prayer I am reminded of my yoga practice and the dance parties I have in my kitchen with Tobi (my doggie). When I am engaged these ways I feel my whole body and my heart as one. I offer these moments as prayers.