interior life

Renew or redesign?

Are you going to renew or redesign? 

When we renew, we agree to continue something - usually as is or for an increased price. We renew things like subscriptions, contracts and leases. We also try to renew things in ourselves, like our goals, our desires and our habits. We renew our commitment to lose weight or to get up early or be more patient. We renew but we don't change. We renew but we continue to do the same thing. Renewal only gets us so far.

Sometimes we need to redesign. When we redesign, we take what we already have and reconfigure it. When we redesign, we simplify. We focus on what is most important. We redesign things like our living spaces, logos and websites. We redesign things in ourselves, like our hair styles. But do we redesign our goals, our desires, and our habits? Do we redesign our prayer life? Do we cut away what's not fruitful?

What got me thinking about this topic was that the renewal email notice came in for my website. I renewed it and I thought that was it. Until I decided to look at the website again and wow. It was only a year old, but it was old. As I went through it, I saw how much I had changed! And how much unnecessary information was there. It was time for a redesign. It was time to simplify. It was time to focus on what was most important.

Our interior lives need to be redesigned every so often too. Our prayers simplified. Our hearts truly focused on God. And leaving behind what is old.

One of my favorite quotes is, "Insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results." Renewal leads us to insanity. Redesign leads us to new results.

Don't wait. You know exactly what to redesign.

A new saint

Would you like to have a deeper relationship with God? Would you like to better hear what He is saying to you? Would you like to learn contemplative prayer? Would you like to be transformed? 

Praise God! Because there's an intercessor for YOU! Her name is Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity and Pope Francis announced that she would be canonized on October 16. I had chosen her as a patron "blessed" for My Soul Proclaims last year (just knowing she'd be a saint soon!) and I can attest that through her intercession, my prayer life has been transformed. 

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity's vocation was inspired by St. Therese of Lisieux and it is no wonder that she also wrote what her mission in Heaven would be:

"I think that in Heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great silence within which will allow God to communicate Himself to them to transform them into Himself." (L335) 

How much do we need this help today! And what's beautiful is that Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity wants to help. It gives saints great joy in Heaven to be asked for their intercession and favors because all glory goes to God.

Let us ask for her intercession. It can be as simple as an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be as we begin to pray. I also invite you to read her writings.