Who lives in your house? Is it another person? An ideology? A resentment? A hope? A feeling? Whatever it happens to be, our hearts will be restless and our lives will be dissatisfied until God alone dwells in our house. Indeed, what freedom and peace when the living God meets our deepest yearning for life! Perhaps this is the reason the church values Mary so much, as the one who models how to be single-hearted with and faithful to the Word. Unlike Eve, who let that sneaky serpent’s words into her garden (cf. Gen 3:6), Mary maintains a pure house that, with a closed door (cf. Lk 1:34), is a safe and secure dwelling place for the One Whom Her Heart Loves (Song 3:4). We who are afraid of such deep intimacy have let all sorts of strange guests into our houses! We tell ourselves that it is all in the name of love, but we cling and grasp in fear and desperation. Let’s therefore take the risk of putting an end to all that does not belong in our inner sanctuary (cf. Jn 19:30). Let’s trust that God can and will communicate with us through a closed and locked door (cf. Jn 20:19, Mt 6:6). Let’s spend our eternity, with Mary, in the one house that lasts, giving birth to the Word forever (cf. Rev 21:22). Ave Crux, Spes Unica!
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Phillip Smith and Benjamin Rossi are members of the Congregation of Holy Cross. They established The Voice of Moreau blog on September 15, 2018. View all posts by Brothers Phil and Ben