The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The statutes of the LORD are true, all of them just; More desirable than gold, than a hoard of purest gold, Sweeter also than honey or drippings from the comb. By them your servant is warned; obeying them brings much reward. Psalm 19:10-12
Lately I have been getting a repeating vision in my head. It is of a map. Sometimes it is of the United States. Sometimes it is of the world. The map is covered with people. The people on the map are mostly gray. Some are really light gray. Some are medium gray. Some of dark gray. Some people are actually black. A far view of the map makes most of the map look gray. God is impressing upon me that I am seeing the color of people’s souls. However, interspersed throughout the gray are people who are golden.
These shining golden souls are interspersed throughout the map. There are not as many of them as the gray souls, but each area has some golden souls. Some areas more than others. These are the people who are walking in the light of Christ. They are actively seeking Sainthood and their souls have been illuminated with the love of God that they have accepted and said yes to. They have been placed where they are, in God’s providence, so that the dark gray or black souls don’t spread the blackness, but for them to spread the light of Christ. God wants each of us to choose to be a golden soul and to choose to spread his light, so the map becomes lit up as bright as the morning sun.
It is often difficult for these souls though. They feel isolated and alone. They feel others don’t understand them. They yearn for community.
Throughout my prayer life I have heard God tell me I will lose my comforts. I always interpreted that to mean material comforts (and that could well be true also, as he also tells me everything is connected.) But more than anything, after my ordeal, the comfort I felt I lost was the comfort of the community I knew. The comfort of feeling like I belong. The comfort of feeling I am wanted. God told me, I am wanted. I do belong. I am loved. It is from Him alone I should seek this comfort. Be in the world, but not of it.
So, with this knowledge in mind, I looked to our Saints. I looked for the other examples. And there shone the Golden Soul of Mother Teresa. She was a victim soul. She felt abandoned by God himself, but in reality, he was letting her feel what the souls she served felt. She did not let this feeling turn her soul gray. She went outside of comfort, both emotionally, and materially, and shone the light of Christ anyway. Her soul was golden, even in the midst of her own agony. And we must always remember the greatest example of the Golden Soul, our mother, the Immaculata.
This is what we are all called to do. We are all called to shine the golden light of Christ to others. We are called to look beyond ourselves and go where our humanity doesn’t usually want to. We can build community by introducing people to Love Himself.
With that in mind, my Spiritual Director told me he believes that the world needs an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. So beginning today we are saying a Novena to the Holy Spirit. Please join us over the next 9 days in this Novena. Our prayer will be that the Holy Spirit working in the world, and also through us, will turn that mostly gray map Golden, and the light of Christ will shine beyond measure.