“I will lead them into the desert and speak to their hearts”

In her rule to her daughters St. Angela Merici the Foundress of the Ursulines states in her chapter on obedience: ”above all you must obey the counsels and inspirations constantly to be heard in your hearts by the action of the Holy Spirit”.

When Covid arrived and I was challenged by the loss of loved ones, I began more regularly to listen to my heart and was given support, direction, and deep peace. My awareness of God’s presence became tangible.

Consciously praying from the heart was deeply awakened in me in 2016 when Cleveland hosted the Republican National Convention. A Sister of St. Joseph invited everyone who wanted to join her the day before the convention downtown and for one half hour to simply surround the city with love. Thousands did. None of the violence anticipated happened. And I have been on a journey to experience and participate in this kind of prayer ever since.

On my journey, which is ongoing, I came across the new science of Heart Math. It is fascinating, enlightening and encouraging and easily accessible on line. While the following information doesn’t come from Heart Math they have much research that supports the same reality. The following quote is from “The Book of Joy” Lasting Happiness in a changing World by Dalai Lama (which I have also found to be a great read for navigating our time in history)

A scientifically controlled study conducted by German researchers at the University of Kassel has shown that while the chest area of an average person emits on 20 photons of light per second, someone who meditates on their heart center and sends love and light to others emits an amazing 100,000 photons per second. That is 5000 times more than the average human being. Numerous studies have shown that when these photons are infused with a loving and healing intent, their frequency and vibration increases to the point where they can literally change matter, heal disease, and transform negative events.

And so as we enter the season of Lent the Scriptures will remind us regularly to give direct loving attention to our heart.

“ I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.”

So I pray that we each may have the courage to listen to our heart and have the courage to follow where it leads for it will lead to personal transformation and the transformation in our world.

Sister Ann Winters