“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… But store up treasures in heaven.” This saying of Jesus might lead one to imagine that I must work harder to pile up heavenly treasures. I remember growing up the Sisters would have us create “spiritual bouquet” for special events, like Mothers’ Day. We would offer our mothers ten Hail Marys and ten Our Fathers, for example. Well, if ten is good, twenty must be better and a “who can top this” competition developed. That is not how the spiritual life works. We do not get more grace and blessings because of our efforts but when we are willing to empty ourselves and let God fill us up. Heavenly treasure is a gift, not an accomplishment.
By Church Staff