Each year on Feb. 14 many parts of the world celebrate “Valentine’s Day,” a day in honor of St. Valentine, a third-century saint who was known for his Christian charity towards couples. It is a day that has transformed over the years and is now often symbolized by a heart, representing the beauty of love.
Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to meditate on how we can unite our heart with God’s. One way to accomplish this union of hearts is a pathway proposed by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) called the “Way of the Heart.”
It is a spiritual pathway inspired by two hearts, the human heart and the Heart of Jesus. The Way of the Heart aims to bring those two hearts together to respond to the needs of today’s people.
This spiritual pathway of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network is a school of the heart. In nine steps this pathway leads us to identify with the mind, heart and concerns of Jesus. Each step speaks of God’s unlimited love for each one of us and for all humanity.
We approach this pathway in prayerful silence and in awe as we let our hearts be led by Jesus. Through the nine steps we are invited to live a personal covenant of love with the Risen Christ, and to offer daily our readiness to collaborate with him in his mission, as his apostles.
In this Way of the Heart we put ourselves at the service of the Church and are sent out to make God’s compassionate love present in the world. When walking in this pathway, we can make our own the words of St. Augustine, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”