As my husband and I dated longer, it was evident to both of us that engagement was soon approaching. We both desired marriage, so why not? Poor as we were in college, walking around the local malls was our "date out." We slowly began to meander into the jewelry stores and "look around." He would ask things like 'what do you like?' Now I never was attracted to large gems, I always like the petite styles, but I still did not hesitate in pointing those out. That is what God asks each of us, "what do you like?" Or more directly, what do you want to BE like?
See, God has given each of us a diamond which He enlightened Saint Teresa of Avila to write about. In her book, The Interior Castle, she explains it something like this: Consider, she tells us, that "our soul is to be like a castle made entirely out of a diamond or of very clear crystal, in which there are many rooms,"...the outer wall of the castle is our bodies. The rooms of this castle are multi-layered and pivoted around the center room where God dwells. The brilliance of the castle comes from the Light found in its center, which is God. She than tells us that, "the soul of the just person is nothing else but a paradise where the Lord says He finds His delight." A soul not in the state of grace has a dark covering over the place where God dwells. The sadness God must feel when He knows the capabilities of the soul to be a paradise and it not even being able to see His Light.
A paradise!? Yes, God finds and wants to find His delight in YOU! We must each let Him dwell brightly in us. Just imagine the joy in God when we allow His ways to fashion our souls into a diamond castle! (Not Barbie's Diamond Castle- for those with little girls at home), but the Castle of your soul! If there is any reason to dig dipper into the faith this is it! If there is any reason to avoid sin this is it! If there is any reason to 'cling for our lives' to the Catholic Faith, this is it! For only in her do we find the support and refreshment the soul needs to become this glorious castle. Therefore, do not limit yourselves to considering only the needs of your body and following only human desire. Consider first the needs of your soul: persevere in prayer, frequent the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion, and set out to do your daily duty with great love. And please tell your children and close friends about the 'Diamond' they possess that was given to them by Our God.