Our Lady of Lourdes
If the heart is full of the coldness and emptiness of winter, the coming of spring may provide the opportunity to warm it up and make it flourish with beauty.
"Dear children! In this time of grace, when nature also prepares to give the most beautiful colors of the year, I call you, little children, to open your hearts to God the Creator for Him to transform and mould you in His image, so that all the good which has fallen asleep in your hearts may awaken to a new life and a longing towards eternity. Thank you for having responded to my call."
The Lord who is Life causes plants to bud and flower and beauty to rise. Having the heart of a child makes it easy to believe that when God awakens nature He also means to warm up hearts. It is easy then to imagine God making his rounds every morning, showering love upon the world, hoping every heart is open to receive it.
How to open your heart
One way to see it is to imagine that your heart opens up and you are able to see what is in it, the good and the bad. Then as you stand before the Lord, the bad falls out and it becomes easier to say, "I'm sorry," and to forgive. Sometimes we must stand before the Lord a real long time, especially when there is much pain and anger.
Hail Mary's said real slowly and word for word are a real help.
The bad stuff that falls out is like heavy stone, and dirty. So opening our hearts to God literally feels good. The only thing that is needed is our willingness put God first and be determined to persevere in opening our hearts to Him every single day.
But one cannot complete the full opening of the heart without contrite confession. For if we didn't need it, then the Lord would not have prescribed it.
'I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.' -Psalm 32:5
'He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.' -Proverbs 28:13
'and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.' -Matthew 3:6
'Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.' -James 5:16
'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.' -1 John 1:9
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