The following is a brief excerpt from Sr. Joan’s recently released book Aspects of the Heart available from Novalis.
It is one thing to be given life by God. It is another thing to live it in a way that is a tribute to the possibilities in life.
While we’re working so hard and running so fast and buying so much and planning “for the future,” today passes us by. Life passes us by. It becomes a list of things we’d like to do – but don’t: see the plays, visit the relatives, invite neighbours to a barbecue, sit by the bank and fish, listen to the small, still voice of God in our hearts. But if that’s the case, what are all those other things really about?
For life to be life, I must do at least one thing a day for my soul, one thing a day for my heart, one thing a day for my mind. Count them every day for a month and you’ll know what’s missing in you when you hear yourself say, “There’s something not quite right in me but I don’t know what it is.”
The key to today is to live it well, live it happily, live it with surprise. Something good is coming. All we have to do is to recognize it when it does. The good life is the life in which every single strain of it has been lived with a good heart, an open mind, and the faith that tells us that God is behind every new and different door.
Today is the whole of life. Don’t miss it.