Jesus for every home: Build an interior castle
Select an image of Jesus that you like most, it can be the Sacred Heart of Jesus, it can be the world wonder Christ the Redeemer of Brazil, or the Jesus whom Saint Faustina saw sending out the beams of divine mercy – whatever it may be it must be an image that captures your attention and the mere look at it must give you an empowering energy.
By Joe Palathunkal
This should become a personal project for every Catholic family in the world: building an interior castle for Jesus. Saint Teresa of Avila has written a whole volume on interior castle but the castle you make for Jesus must be an outpouring of your heart for Jesus where every day morning when you look at Jesus that must turn into an energizer for your whole day.
How to go about it? Select an image of Jesus that you like most, it can be the Sacred Heart of Jesus, it can be the world wonder Christ the Redeemer of Brazil, or the Jesus whom Saint Faustina saw sending out the beams of divine mercy – whatever it may be it must be an image that captures your attention and the mere look at it must give you an empowering energy.
Then select the most inspiring words of Jesus for you and for your entire family. When you read them, the whole life of Jesus must come to your mind in a flash. “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only the say the word, I shall be healed.” These much repeated words of the centurion all over the world during the Holy Eucharist, could be an inspiring one for many that is termed as the greatest poem by Paulo Coelho in his acclaimed work The Alchemist.
The words you select must be printed on the picture of Jesus you want to keep in your home and every day when you get up, your first look must be on this picture and the words. Depending on your creativity and liking you can do it in different ways. If you are an artist, you can paint a picture of Jesus the way you want and frame it and place in your home at the right place. The choice of colours must evoke an instant appeal and must catch the attention immediately.
The visual of Jesus you paint will have a special affinity with you, because every true painting is an extension of the artist’s soul.
The words you choose to go with the image need not be always the words of Jesus but they can be words about Jesus by some great thinkers or saints or any such inspiring words like this one from OneSolitary Life: “Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind's progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that One Solitary Life.”
Such an image of Jesus placed honourably in every home can be a source of inspiration for you, your children, your grandchildren and the generations to come. This will make Jesus not only a mere icon of devotion but also one of inspiration and will be an inspiration to know more about this person from history whose radical views made history in the history of the world.
Jesus the radical will radicalize your life and that of your whole family. This is the way each Catholic can turn his home to an interior castle for Jesus and in turn your own life will turn into an interior castle for him and this image will keep on coming to your mind frequently along with the words to inspire you.
(Joe Palathunkal is Associate Editor, Living in Faith)
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