Have you ever heard that the way you start the day effects how your day will go? What gets you up in the morning? Do you have any morning routines you follow?
Do you start your day with…
… a smile?
… a prayer?
… a run or yoga?
… a cup of coffee?
… a grateful heart?
… a glass of water?
… a cup of “positivitea?”
… a fresh start and energy?
… thinking: “it’s my favorite day of the week?”
Pedro Arrupe, SJ writes about how love affects many aspects of our lives in his poem, Falling in Love:
Nothing is more practical than finding God,
than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus today, we commemorate God’s love for humanity, Truly finding love, falling in love, and staying in love is a daily adventure that affects how we live and move through our days.
One meaningful way to start your day is to pray in the morning by using the practice of Lectio Divina with the daily Mass readings to set the tone for the day.
When Tram, our Candidate, moved in to our House of Welcome, I found her “writing” on her blanket in Vietnamese. I asked her what it meant. She translated it and explained that each morning when she makes her bed, she sends off a prayer to God by writing on her blanket (see photos below), and every time she enters her room, she sees the note to God, and it helps her think of God throughout the day. I thought this practice was a really neat idea.
Whether you are reading this blog to help you find your vocation, or you are reading this blog to deepen your relationship with God through daily discernment to discover where God wants you, I invite you to pray with these two questions:
What gets you up in the morning?
What helps you keep your heart tuned to God?
After all, “the place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” (Frederick Buechner)
If you would like to talk to a Sister about your vocation, contact us to begin a conversation.