“He who aspires to the grace of God must be pure, with a heart as innocent as a child's.”
— St. Nicholas of Flue
1) What is purity of heart?
- In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraph 2518-19) tells us:
“Pure in heart” refers to those who have attuned their intellects and wills to the demands of God’s holiness, chiefly in three areas:
- love of truth and orthodoxy of faith
- There is a connection between purity of heart, of body and of faith
- Purity of heart is the precondition of the vision of God.
- Even now, it enables us to see according to God, to accept others as “neighbours”…
- Purity of heart aids in our ultimate goal of seeing God, and in our immediate circumstances of seeing othersthrough God’s eyes
2) As a child
- The innocence of a child allows an unencumbered view of the world
- We have to let go of selfish motives, and preconceived notions, and be willing to share the Gospel with purity of intention
3) Seek the intercession of our Blessed Mother
- The Blessed Virgin Mary is always there to accompany us on our journey.
- She is an incredible example of purity of intention, and purity of heart.
- When we seek her help and intercession, Mary is able to guide us in our conversations and interactions with those who do not yet know her Son.
PRAYER: Ask for the grace to approach others with the pure intention of sharing God’s love with them.
ACTION: Make a resolution to pray the rosary daily and seek Mary’s intercession.
The theme 'Developing an Evangelical Heart' was inspired by the Companions of the Cross course on Evangelization.