Jesus tells us, “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” (Mt 5:8) To see God is the ultimate goal of the Christian life, in that the Beatific Vision—Heaven itself—is where we look upon God and see Him face to face. We discover that to see God is to love Him with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul, and with all one’s mind. This loving relationship with God is perfected in Heaven, but begins here and now and is made accessible to all persons, no matter their vocation. Having a pure heart and seeing God are one and the same, and thus the call to purity is also universal.
It is hoped that this blog will serve as a prayerful reflection toward the richness of this Beatitude. The desire of the heart for a greater love of God, allows for a flame of love to form. St. Therese reminds us that “a soul afire with love cannot remain inactive.”
Who is the Blogger?
My name is Noemy Banuelos. I feel blessed to have this opportunity of sharing, in a simple way, the gift of zeal God has put in my heart. A zeal for the attainment of holiness of heart; a purity of heart that penetrates souls. I desire to share ongoing reflections with my readers in an effort to contribute a single piece of lowly straw to their already burning flame of love. Along with my reflections there will be occasional guest contributors who will share their prayerful insights into this journey toward purity of heart. I recently graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. My academic degree is in English with a Writing concentration and Theology, Minor. And by the grace of God I have begun my first year of formation with the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.
In 2016, by the grace of God, I found myself boarding a plane destined for Washington, DC. The reason? I was chosen to attend an inaugural Forum entitled “Given”. It was a powerful week-long immersion in faith formation, leadership training, and networking. An opportunity “given” to 300 young women from all across the nation as a way to foster their authentic feminine gift to the Church as leaders in their community. It was there that I gained a renewed zeal for the seed that had already been growing in my heart to share the Beauty of God’s Love in a way that would encourage others to embrace purity in their own heart.
“Draw me in Your footsteps, let us Run!” Song of songs 1:4 . . . Let us unite in prayer as we run the race set before us!
“May your life in that little corner of the earth be as a bonfire of love, consuming itself in the love of God and zeal for souls.” -Ven. Mother Maria Luisa of the Most Blessed Sacrament