An excellent thought on this particular feastday:
Only by the power of grace can nature be liberated from its dross, restored to its purity, and made free to received divine life. And this divine life itself is the inner driving power from which acts of love come forth. Whoever wants to preserve this life continually within herself must nourish it constantly from the source whence it flows without end – from the holy sacraments, above all the sacraments of love.
To have divine love as its inner form, a woman’s life must be a Eucharistic life. Only in daily, confidential relationship with the Lord in the tabernacle can one forget self, become free of all one’s own wishes and pretentions, and have a heart open to all the needs and wants of others. Whoever seeks to consult with the Eucharistic God in all her concerns, whoever lets herself be purified by the sanctifying power coming from the sacrifice at the altar, offering herself to the Lord in this sacrifice, whoever receives the Lord in her soul’s innermost depth in Holy Communion cannot but be drawn ever more deeply and powerfully into the flow of divine life, incorporated into the Mystical Body of Christ, her heart converted to the likeness of the divine heart.
Something else is closely related to this. When we entrust all the troubles of our earthly existence confidently into the divine heart, we are relieved of them. Then our soul is free to participate in the divine life. Then we walk by the side of the Savior on the path that he traveled on this earth during his earthly existence and still travels in his mystical afterlife. Indeed, with the eyes of faith, we penetrate into the secret depths of his hidden life within the pale of the Godhead.
– St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein + 1942)
(Via Magnificat Magazine)
Everything Teresa Benedicta wrote here is true. And for myself, I can personally testify that putting our anxieties into the Heart of Christ brings remarkable freedom and clarity.
So does being willing.
Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus