' Where is the heart ? '...


"The heart is the innermost man or spirit.

Here are located self-awareness, the conscience, the idea of God and of one's complete dependence on Him, and all the eternal treasures of the spiritual life....

Where is the heart?

Where sadness, joy, anger, and other emotions are felt, here is the heart.

stand there with attention....

Stand in the heart, with the faith that God is also there, but how He is there do not speculate.

Pray and entreat that in due time love for God may stir within you by His grace."



St. Theophan the Recluse
in George A. Maloney, S.J.
Prayer of the Heart
Notre Dame, Indiana: Ave Maria Press, 1981, p. 25

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