Lent: Deep in the Heart
March 15, 2022
Ekaterina Fyodorovna Kolyschkine de Hueck Doherty, a Russian-Canadian Catholic Christian woman of deep prayer, in 1932, gave up all her possessions to live among the poor in Toronto. In 1947, she moved to rural Canada, where she founded Madonna House, a celibate community of men and women, who seek to serve Christ in one another and the poor. Their daily life is simple: morning prayer, a day of work, Mass and dinner. Work at the main house generally consists of maintenance of the community, care of a farm, and the sorting and distribution of donations to the poor. Ekaterina, or Catherine, died in 1985. She says,
Lent is a time of going very deeply into ourselves… What is it that stands between us and God? Between us and our brothers and sisters? Between us and life, the life of the spirit? Whatever it is, let us relentlessly tear it out, without a moment’s hesitation.
What do we need the Lord to remove from our hearts, that stands in the way of surrender in love, that stands between? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you, and then to remove it. Bear in mind, however, that you need to do this more than once, day after day. The purification of our hearts will not be fully achieved until we are definitively in the Lord’s embrace, i.e., Heaven!