Heart of Jesus, in Whom the Father was Well Pleased
In this lesson, Annabelle Moseley, poet; author; and Professor of Theology, leads Day 16 of the 33-Day “Our House of the Sacred Heart” Consecration and teaches “The Lesson of the Kitchen” as a real-life example of answering the 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.
Question of the Day
Can you recall a moment when you felt totally, beautifully overcome with a sudden awareness of God loving you? This is what CS Lewis described as being “surprised by Joy”.
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.
Pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary and study the luminous art, especially that of The Baptism of Our Lord. Contemplate the idea of “God loving you” as the Mysteries depicting God’s luminous love unfold in magnificent art.
What a wonderful gift you have Annabelle, to have the treasured memory of your Nanabelle’s recorded voice. I too like your Nanabelle had a beautiful doll carriage, and was unable to take it outside, because we lived upstairs in my Grandmother’s house. It didn’t matter to me because I still played with it in my room. However, one day my little baby cousin came to visit and he was placed in my doll carriage. I remember the warm feeling that came over me as I rocked him gently to sleep. Feeling so protective of this tiny baby I now know that God was looking at me as if I were the tiny baby in need of His loving care. I have many happy memories of my childhood that replicate that warm feeling; I just have to be aware of always thinking of my God in the present and putting my right hand out to grasp His hand. I know that my God is with me always: “Jesus, I trust in You.”
” This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. God The Father commends His Son’s Baptism but it is also a foreshadowing of the future events of Jesus’s life that will take place in order to for fill God’s Divine Plan. In this extraordinary passage in the Gospels, we get to see part of the mystery revealed. Here is where we see the Trinity come together with the relationship to man. This story should remind us that just as God is full of joy with His Son so is He also full of joy with mankind. How we shape our lives to be more like God and live with the active presence of the Holy Spirit should make us feel that God lives within us. As I recall,”Surprised Joy” was when Lewis fell in love and married. He experienced an emotion that was not there before he met his wife and yet it led to faith. My surprised joy like your grandmother was when I was young. We had the most magical Christmases and really felt that Santa had come to our home. My mom and dad had put much work and love in making it special. That is how I feel about surprised joy in my faith as a Catholic Christian. I must work at it not just in theory but in practice.