The picture above is of the snowball when we first came outside. If you look closely you will see the dirt. Something interesting happened as we were outside. With the bright sun shining down, not only did the snowball get smaller as it melted but the traces of dirt seemed to vanish. As my daughter took the pictures we were sad to see the snowball get smaller but we were happy to see it was clean. It had a new look to it. It seemed translucent in places and reflected in a more beautiful way... more like a crystal.
In prayer this week as the fast has progressed I was reminded of this little snowball. In reality it was more like a hunk of ice after all these months. I began to see this hunk of ice in our freezer as my heart. A heart on ice so to speak with lots of dirt on its surface. This fast was bringing my heart out of the freezer. It was bringing to light all the flaws and imperfections. Our Lord was melting away all these things with the warmth and light of His love.
When life is busy and the world is around you it is sometimes easier to just leave your heart on ice. It is hard to crack it open. It is hard to recognize one's blemishes. By the grace of God, a fast with prayer brings the grace to be cleansed of even our unknown faults. I humbly thank all of the souls who are joining us on this 9 days of prayer and fasting. If you haven't begun there is still time. Today during Mass a thought came. Our Lord was able to remove the dirt very quickly when the ice was brought into the sun. He can do a lot with even a small amount of time. Put great trust into the fast and Our Lord will not disappoint. To learn more about the fast click HERE.