Heart of Jesus, King and Center of all Hearts
In this lesson, Annabelle Moseley, poet; author; and Professor of Theology, leads Day 13 of the 33-Day “Our House of the Sacred Heart” Consecration and teaches “The Lesson of the Door” as a real-life example of answering God’s call. Beautiful prayers, devotions, art, stories, scripture and poetry are included in this podcast that won’t take much of your time… but is time well-spent.
Reflection on Art
As Christ knocks on the Soul’s Door in this image, note the overgrowth of weeds that have taken over. He knocks anyway. But these weeds symbolize selfishness and sin. When have you opened the door of your heart, (answering His call), pushing through the weeds…to let Him in… even when it wasn’t easy?
What can we prune away today to clean up the “weeds” growing outside our heart’s door?
Questions of the Day
Where do you go to pray alone?
What is a “doorway” to prayer for you?
Some saints actually had prayer cells. St. Catherine of Siena, one of the great Doctors of the Church, was a Third Order Dominican who prayed within her own home, not a convent. After her example, we should make a space within our own homes for prayer. If you don’t have this kind of prayer space, today’s challenge is to make one. If you DO already have this kind of prayer space, today’s challenge is to add to it. Some ideas: print up the newest prayer you’re trying to memorize, or frame some of those prayers and display them. Or find a creative and lovely holder for your rosary and place that in the area, or get a new classic spiritual book and holy images or icons.
St. Catherine also reminds us that we must also build a spiritual prayer cell. She writes,
“Build yourself a spiritual cell, which you can always take with you, and that is the cell of self-knowledge; you will find there also the knowledge of God’s goodness to you. There are really two cells in one, and if you live in one you must also live in the other, otherwise the soul will either despair or be presumptuous; if you dwelt in self-knowledge alone you would despair; if you dwelt in knowledge of God alone you would be tempted to presumption. One must go with the other, and thus you will reach perfection.”
Pray on this today… in your prayer space.
Download the prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus here if you’d like to save it or print it for reference!
Listen to Author Annabelle Moseley interviewed by Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis on her show “Vows, Vocations, and Promises: Discerning the Call of Love.” Hear Annabelle talk about what inspired her to write this book, what it was like to write it, why she decided to lead a Consecration to the Sacred Heart and answers to other intriguing questions.
William Holman Hunt’s painting is mesmerizing. It has so many elements of study for the viewer who seeks truth. I love that Jesus is knocking at the door regardless of who is behind it and what kind of sin ,weakness or vice has been perpetrated. In making an initial assessment of this 19c portrait Jesus seems to be in thought while waiting for the door to be opened. The woods manifest a path of uncertainty and darkness but He holds a light that will illuminate, brighten and navigate a path of hope and forgiveness through His love. Even though Christ’s Halo is Majestic and Divine, He continues to wear the Crown of Thorns reminding us that He suffers with us when we sin. The door appears to be anything but a welcoming entrance with old growth and weeds but Jesus waits patiently for us to open so that He may enter and help us lift the burden and ask forgiveness for our sins. Our Lord has a great capacity to love… Jesus I trust in you! I have a workspace for prayer but this lesson inspires me to make it more personal