1/2/08† St. Anne of Bartholomew*
Child of God, I come this day at the request of the Most Blessed Trinity.
Child of God, I come to speak to you of love for Jesus.† Many believe that loving God with all oneís heart is only possible in a convent or monastery, but this is not true, and both the great Teresa, foundress of our way of life, and I are examples of what it means to love God and live for Him.
Yes, our Order is a
cloistered Order, but both Teresa and I spent a great deal of our time traveling
and dealing with the great and little of the world in order to serve God with
total love and obedience.† We both longed
for hours of solitude behind closed walls, but instead God sent us into the
world to gather women of love and prayer; to deal with workers to build or
repair convents.† We had to solicit funds
to build and food, both physical and spiritual, for the Sisters.† I traveled through
My children who read these messages, you, too, can love God with all your hearts as you go about your duties in life.† It is the desire of the heart and the intent with which you do everything that counts.† Your heart is a temple in which you offer prayers, love and adoration.† Your physical duties can be offerings given to God when they are done for His glory.† So never say I donít have time to pray or work for God because I donít live in a convent; God is where your heart is and if your heart strives for God, you are living a dedicated life.
I, Anne, bless you.
*St. Anne (1549-1626).† She was companion and secretary of Teresa of
Avila.† She helped establish the
Carmelite Reform in