Heart of Jesus, Source of all Consolation
In this lesson, Annabelle Moseley, poet; author; and Professor of Theology, leads Day 27 of the 33-Day “Our House of the Sacred Heart” Consecration and teaches “The Lesson of the Elevator” as a real-life example of taking on a Goliath. 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
We have been given this: the rose-gold glow
of morning on Mount Tabor, torments far
below us. What he wore dazzled like snow.
His face was lightning-splendid as a star.
At first we were stuck in a web of dreams—
woven in sleep by fear, but we awoke
to pristine air, to bright and bridge-like beams
of light anchored to heaven as God spoke.
How much we long to pitch our tents and stay
where everything is luminous and clear.
Our test comes when that vision fades away.
To let our souls transfigure from veneer
to real faith, we must try to stay awake—
for both the glory and the passion’s sake.
( from Sacred Braille, page 85 )
Questions of the Day
- Was there some event that left you changed utterly for the better, even if it was difficult?
People love to ask centenarians for advice on “how to live well till 100.” My grandmother Nanabelle said that the Anima Christi prayer is the answer. She advised regular use of this prayer for requesting help and giving praise. She said we can all live by the Anima Christi, saying the words after Communion, before sleep, and when facing fear. Through it, we can train our soul to articulate everything we could ever need to ask of Christ, even in times of great trial. How do you train your soul so that you may have good spiritual habits by the time you’re a centenarian?
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.
That’s a great question that you ask. How do you master your spiritual health and train your soul to have good spiritual habits by the time we are a centenarian? Your Nanabelle was a very special person. Her prayer,faith in God and her love for family were the ingredients to this recipe. The more we pray our personal relationship to God becomes closer and the mystery unveils a little bit more making us who love the Lord even more curious. In Bellini’s portrait of the “Transfiguration”, you see the Old and New Testament mystery being unveiled as they bridge together an old to new covenant. Jesus is the Light. He is with Moses who brought the the law and the Prophet Elisha who had extraordinary gifts and advised the king on important matters of state and country. They demonstrated a certain amount of authority but never to be confused to the Authority of God. There were major and minor prophets of the OT. So it is befitting in this artwork masterpiece we see two divisions of the Torah in both Moses and Elijah. Both had never seen God. Now in the “Transfiguration” they see Him. I love the prayer your Nanabelle prayed Anima Christi. I will begin to pray this everyday Thank you for this beautiful lesson Professor Moseley.