Based on my blog yesterday about heavenly treasures existing in every day life, I spent time this morning pondering the treasures I have stored up to date. This process included a walk down memory lane as I recalled moments in life that still resonate joy even with the passage of time. I will say, that very few of these memories involved the purchase of any particular item. However, they did have to do with personal achievements and encounters with people where I felt appreciated and at the same time appreciated by the person or people with whom I shared the encounter. In other words, there was great joy in the experience of feeling connected. At the same time, some of these memories were from sad times. For instance, I was thinking about the joy of playing with my mother at the height of her dementia. We had a lot of fun. In fact, we could spend hours with the Snapchat filters. I have a lot of funny pictures of the two of us. In addition, there were some wonderful treasures from her funeral as we celebrated her life.
As I sat with these memories in the presence of the Holy Spirit, I started to likewise ponder all the lost treasures. Depression has impacted my life, and this condition has caused me to miss out on many treasures. I lost several friends during the time when I was not very communicative. I turn down many opportunities to meet new people and to share new encounters with both old and new. As I concluded my prayer time, I more clearly realized the fact that living in the world, both the good and the bad, gives rise to new treasures. It is in fully experiencing life that we increase our treasures. These treasures are definitely heavenly when they enhance the good within us and positively influence the lives of those around us.
Spend some time with the Holy Spirit pondering your treasures in heaven. What are the things that I’ve actually made you happy? Take the lessons learned from this walk down memory lane and apply it to your current goals and endeavors. Spend a few minutes pondering these goals and endeavors in light of the Gospel. Talk to the Holy Spirit about whether these goals and objectives are things that will equate to treasures in heaven, or whether some tweaks might be needed to better achieve the goal of storing up treasures in heaven.
Ms. Debra D. Weldon, O.P., JD, MTS