We all go through many doors during each day, but do we think about the significance of them?
I didn’t ponder this nearly as much until reading this book that is meant to be read over a period of six weeks, but which took me significantly longer to get through. The imagery, invitations to meditation, original prayers, and passages are so rich I didn’t want to rush through Open the Door and possibly miss some of the ah-ha moments I reached through reflection over a period of several months.
I began reading Open the Door last May. I filled up two pages of my journal contemplating the type of door there is to my heart, one of the suggested exercises presented early on. Another question that kept me writing for a while is: “Who are the significant people who helped you find the concealed door to your deeper self?” My list contains a number of family members and friends as well as those children for whom I nannied.
Using the metaphor of doors to our heart, Rupp talks about the importance of being intentional regarding the spiritual life. There have been a number of times over the past six months that I haven’t been good about setting time for prayer, reading spiritual books, or sitting in sacred silence to discern God’s Will. I’ve felt distant from God though I have been able to be present and fully participate at Mass. Reading this book and answering the questions within has helped me identify where, how, and why some changes could make things better in my faith life.
Regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey and what the door to your heart looks like right now, there is something in this book, probably many things, that will inspire you to move into a deeper relationship with the Lord and a better understanding of yourself.
I’d definitely add this to the list of Joyce Rupp books that I absolutely love which includes but is not limited to: