Posted by: wordofthevine | January 18, 2018

A Cloister of the Heart?

Concepcion and the Living Cross of the Apostolate of the Cross

The Lord offers each of us an invitation to go about our ordinary experiences being aware of his presence with us. When we do this, day after day, we form a centered place within, a place of union with God that even outside activity can’t shake or move us away from. Many saints or “saints in the making,” like Venerable Concepcion Cabrera (1862-1937), a wife, a mother and a mystic from Mexico, show us how to form this “cloister of the heart.”

We see this notion confided to Concepcion by Jesus recorded in her personal journal, The Account of Conscience:

I want to make of you a saint know to me alone. I want your to be a model of hidden virtues, with nothing different externally about your life from the outside. I want your eyes fixed on me. you are to live cloistered in the very inner sanctuary of your soul, for that is where dwells the Holy Spirit. It is in this sanctuary that your must live and die. There are your delights, your consolations, and your repose. You must never leave this inner sanctuary, even in the midst of your outside obligations. This constant interior recollection will facilitate all these activities in the measure you practice them in God’s presence. In this sanctuary, which no one else sees, is found true virtue and the contemplation of God and the dwelling of the Holy Spirit.”

What about you? Are there some simple daily habits that you can undertake that will bring you back inside to God as you go about your daily activities? Venerable Concepcion would glance towards God and then sweep the floor. She would walk through a doorway and invite the Lord to go with her. ~Mary Kaufmann, Director of Incarnate Institute.

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