“Certainly He will open the door, probably as generally happens in such cases, when we least expect it.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
(Elizabeth Bayley Seton, Collected Writings, Volume 2, 285)
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s words bring to mind the familiar line, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Mt. 7:7) While we wait on God to answer our prayer and open that door for us (much like anticipating an elevator door), envision meeting God’s grace in the interim – at every door.
Doors are such a part of daily life that using them comes second nature to us. Opening or closing a door in our home, on a car, or at work does not require much thought. We may even know a door by its squeak or grip. Imagine if every door would act as a conscious reminder of God, who opens doors for us.
We can attune ourselves to the Presence of God* by becoming mindful of God and God’s love in those everyday, ordinary tasks. It may be as simple as thinking of God when crossing a threshold, welcoming God when opening the cupboard, or thanking God when closing the microwave door. “So, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.” (Mt. 24:33)
-Catherine Salani (SC collaborator, educator, artist)
*Brother Lawrence was a lay Carmelite in 17 century Paris. His book, The Practice of the Presence of God, was compiled after his death. Lawrence worked in the monastery’s kitchen and repaired sandals. For him, ‘common business’ (e.g., cleaning pots and pans) no matter how ordinary, mundane or routine, was the medium of God’s love.