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“How attractive is the image of a good heart! The reason is simple. “There is wisdom in the good heart of a man” (Prv 14:34), and we can be certain that “the Lord loves holy hearts” (Prv 22:12), for as He says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). The true miracle of the Wisdom who imparts wisdom is the light that He creates in those who embrace and follow Him. He fills those who strive through repentance and prayer to be ever more blameless and acceptable to Him (Prv 22:12) so that their faces shine (Eccl 8:1) with an illumination that comes from Him, the Source of all wisdom. After all, Christ “is radiant and unfading and is easily perceived by those who love” Him (Wis 6:12).” (Dynamis 1/3/2022)

“We all affect each other in words and actions. But we also affect each other by our mere presence through our hearts. Science has shown the heart is more than just a pump, and has its own logic, “talks” with the brain, and along with the gut, controls us in ways far greater than the brain. Cardiologist Dr. Trent Orfanos explains that the heart’s electromagnetic field is much stronger than the brains. It extends outward from each person ten feet while brain’s electromagnetic field only extents a few inches. This is why we feel good around a “good-hearted” person. The opposite is always true. This is also why the Lord, the Apostles, and Holy Father spend so much time instructing us to make our hearts good and to guard our hearts. In doing so, we love ourselves and others whether we realize it or not.” (Sacramental Living Ministries)

“…it is important for every Christian to pay attention to his own heart. Christ makes this abundantly clear when he interiorizes the commandments on murder and adultery, warning…It is not that our outward actions do not matter, but that they are only manifestations of the state of the heart: The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“The condition of our heart determines how we will respond to God’s presence and love when we depart from this world. We are to reflect the love of God to others. The more we do this, the more familiar God’s love becomes to the other. Thus, when they find themselves in the presence of God and His love, perhaps we will have done some part in helping them recognize and embrace God’s love and presence, rather than finding it unfamiliar and turning away.” (Fr. Joshua Makoul)

“A true Christian knows that the heart is a mighty mystery. Everything that comes in touch with the core of our very being enters through the heart. All meditation involves the heart. The mind has several levels, most of which are generally hidden from our consciousness. Thoughts come out in our dreams, daydreams, and even when we most wish they were not present. Obsessions and compulsions invade our thoughts and cause us to think and act in ways that may not be in our best interests. We don’t easily control the workings of our mind. But our hearts express the conditions of our body and soul at every given moment. Everything mental, physical and spiritual forms its impression on the heart. All that comes to us through our senses, surrounding or embracing us, impacts on our hearts. Jesus knows that better than we do. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). How does one purify the heart? It takes at least one lifetime. To begin, one must pay attention to the heart.” (Fr. Vladimir Berzonsky) 

“Disasters have their spiritual beginnings in men’s hearts…Within the heart’s recesses, our passionate thoughts hasten our journey toward visible, sinful action. This corrupt interior movement effectively negates the truth of God, leading us to question whether He truly acts in our lives. Such interior insults leave us utterly without excuse before God (Rom 1:20). When we deny and destroy the image of God within us, we first do ourselves in by the disastrous consent of the heart. The sinful heart dares God to act visibly, as if challenging Him to put up a billboard listing what is already written within us.” (Dynamis 3/20/2019)

“Cain’s heart was not right and he killed his brother Abel as a result. The Lord spared him but that still did not bring about his change of heart. Instead, he went to the land of Nod. Nod means “one who wanders away from God.” He built a city and had a son named Enoch (not to be confused with the Enoch, the Father of Methuselah who went directly to heaven like Elijah as told in Genesis 5:24). In his pride, Cain named the city after his son. He glorified himself and his accomplishment, not God, and sent this message to his own son. Adam and Eve had another son Seth, and Seth had a son he named Enosh. The Bible said Enosh, in contrast to Enoch, hoped in the Lord and called upon his name (Genesis 4:26). This is the humility of a good heart. So we see even in the beginning as the world populates the manifestation of the sheep (Enosh, the right hearted) and the goats (Enoch, the wrong hearted) that Christ warns us about in Matthew 25:31-46.” (Sacramental Living Ministries)

“We grow cold within when our heart is distracted, when it cleaves to something other than God, worrying about different things, getting angry and blaming someone, –when we are discontented and pander to the flesh, wallowing in luxury and wandering thoughts. Guard against these things, and the coldness will diminish.” (St. Theophan the Recluse)

“Most of us live outside our heart, and our mind is in a constant state of confusion. Some good thoughts may surface from time to time, but the majority will be harmful, and this destructive condition will prevail for as long as we continue to ignore our heart...The prayers of a fragmented mind have neither clarity nor depth, but a mind that is reunited with the heart overflows with humble prayer and has such strength that it reaches the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.” (Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex)

“There is a need, rather, to become good watchers of the heart, as well as the mind; to discern that which is good and fosters our prayer from that which rends it from us. This is the spiritual labor of disciplined prayer, and is the preparation by which we draw near to God.” (Bishop Irenei Steenberg)

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