Deepening Love: Reflecting on the Words of Elisabeth Leseur

Written by Ann Burns

February 28, 2023

When the Villains are Beautiful

To think is excellent

To pray is better

To love is everything.”

-Elisabeth Leseur 

Our intellect is a beautiful gift from God; the ability to think and reason should be cherished and well attended to.  

  • What are you doing today to tend to your mental well being?
  • Do you surround yourself with people who challenge you to be more than you are?
  • Do you practice discernment regarding what you consume (books, TV, social media, etc)
  • What thoughts most occupy your mind? Are they helping you become the woman you want to be or keeping you from growth?

“Why do we wait until tomorrow to do good? Why do we wait to be rich before giving? Is not the gift of ourselves better than money, and is there a day or even an hour in which we could not give a tear or a smile to someone who is suffering?” 

When we turn our eyes to God and begin to live for Him, uniting our wills to His and surrendering our hearts, prayer takes us to a place intelligence can not.  

Through this, we detach ourselves from the things of this world and attach our hearts to God. We come to a closer union with God and are transformed by His Divine Love.  

  • What does your prayer life look like?
  • Do you start each day with a morning offering?
  • How often do you carve out time just to meditate on the fact that you are in the presence of God?
  • Do you live in a way that reveals God to be your first priority?

“Let us love. Let our lives be a perpetual song of love for God, first of all, and for all human beings who suffer, love, and mourn. Let deep joy live in us. Let us be like the lark, enemy of the night, who always announces the dawn and awakens in each creature the love of light and life. Let us awaken others to the spiritual life.”

When we fully surrender to God in love, our entire life is transformed into a prayer.  Prayer takes us to total abandonment to God, where we become His vessel filled with pure love — God’s love. 

  • What prevents Christ from being King of my heart?
  • How often do I seek to console the most Sacred Heart of Jesus?
  • Do I frequent the sacraments?

“ . . . yesterday morning I received communion with the same peace and the same abandonment to God. I felt Jesus truly living in me . . .”

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