By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D.

In this Year of the Family, we have traveled through all the stages of life. We now approach what many believe to be – The End. This may work on movie screens, but deep within each human being, there is an unspoken certainty that this is only the beginning. What does it mean to walk through the “Open Door?”

The Sacred Heart promises us that, “I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.” We have the assurance that Jesus walks with us at all the stages of our life journey. We are never alone. All of us enter life a blank slate upon which we write the joys and sorrows, the struggles and achievements, and the spiritual lessons we learn. Once our story is written it is time to publish it. Who will want to read it, you ask?

You guessed it – God. But we have to deliver it. That is the “Open Door” we must all pass through. Surrounded by those we love and ready with the script, we go to God with a heart secure in the knowledge that He is waiting for us with open hands. He has always been our sure anchor and guide. Fall into His hands. For as Bart Millard’s lyrics remind us, “We can only imagine!”