Sunday, August 31, 2014
Keep That Altar in Your Hearts
I have an old book, a paperback whose crispy yellowed pages are held together by rubber bands. As far as I can tell, the title is now out of print. I found the story (a true one) riveting when I read it some years ago, so I typed out fragments of it. I ran across one of these pages today, and immediately wanted to share something from it here.
The story is of a Sister Cecilia, who helped other Christians flee persecution in the second world war.
Sister's convent had been torn apart, and these words were spoken by the priest during the last Mass in the chapel...
'Don't lose faith in God...
build your own altar in your heart,
an altar which no human hands can tear down as they have torn these paintings down,
which nobody can destroy as this altar has been destroyed.
Keep that altar in your hearts.'
(from The Deliverance of Sister Cecilia as told to William Brinkley, Signet/New American Library, 1954)
This link tells more about the title. And, thanks to a kind commenter, this link might help anyone interested in doing so to find a copy of the book.
In the meantime, I hope to carry that last sentence with me. No matter where we are, ever; or what happens around us, ever:
We can keep that altar in our hearts.
Photo on this post by Connie Wells