Saturday, January 22, 2011

Listen With the Ears of Your Heart

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.

I was thinking today about the enlightenment of the heart. Without the heart, your mind will become cold in prayer. The heart has to warm the mind’s thought of Christ. It must also guide how we work together for we are one body in Christ. Prayer must be of the heart. The mind of course gives information to the heart, but we must pray with the heart. It was Christ’s heart that was pierced and poured forth for us. The heart is the place we refer to as where the soul abides.
If we don’t put heart and soul into our life, we won’t be able to feel for the people we work with, we won’t be able to have compassion on them. Have you ever been talking to somebody and seen them go cold as if their mind took over and they didn’t let their heart be a part of it? St. Benedict tells us to listen with the ears of our heart. Can we listen to one another with the ears of our heart? By doing that we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit.

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