Saint Paul describes the Church
as a body with many members and each member having a different but
vital function. Saint Therese resonated to this description.
After reading it, she identified herself: "In the Heart of
Holy Mother Church, I will be love." This is an eloquent description
of contemplative life.
As the heart is enclosed in
the body and hidden from public view, so are contemplatives within
the Church. The heart performs a vital function--pumping blood
to the other parts, even though it is not seen. The hand or
foot are readily seen carrying out their works; but the heart works
best when left alone, enclosed and hidden from view to do its work.
The life of prayer and sacrifice is indeed the life-blood of the