Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Monday, July 25, 2011

An Understanding Heart

By the grace of God, we have a new pastor!  
His first reflection was one I wanted to write down, save, share, savor, seek, and pray to have...
An Understanding Heart
"How often we find ourselves quick to judge and to attribute motives to others, often without knowing the truth!  We convince ourselves that how we see things is the right way.  We might even find ourselves being confrontational and harsh with others because they do not see things as we do.  And even if we are right and others are wrong, this is anything but an understanding heart, indeed a heart that drives others away from the truth and from God.

An understanding heart is one that seeks to know the truth but is also patient and compassionate.  St. Francis de Sales reminds us that if there are several ways to interpret another's actions and only one is charitable, choose the charitable way.  Jesus teaches us to learn from him for he is gentle and humble of heart.  And St. Paul reminds us to speak truth in charity.  An understanding heart then is one that seeks the truth and speaks it in charity and gentleness.  Such a heart leads others to Christ.  Like Solomon in the Book of Kings, let us pray for such a heart!"
~Father M.~
Praying for an understanding heart...Still doing laundry...Holy Name of Jesus 105 times and counting:)...


  1. That was lovely! I love St. Francis De Sales and want to read more about him for that reason. Congratulations on the new pastor. He sounds nice! Keep fighting the laundry fight load at a time ;) Hope you have a great day!

  2. So happy to hear that you have a new pastor now. Our new one started July 8 and we have another newly ordained priest starting Aug. 1.

    As always, beautiful quotes and meditations!

  3. We got a new pastor too, about a year ago, and he is a gift to our parish. Your pastor has a wonderful homily! We can learn fo much from the saints, and their guidance for living santifying lives, loving others as Christ loves us. thanks for sharing your reflection today. Beat down that laundry!!

  4. I love this post! What a wonderful message for us to keep in the forefront of our minds and hearts.

    I know when I come here I will always find a kind heart ... thank you and God bless!

    Rosary Mom has highlighted you on "Pay It Forward". I'm so glad she did! xoxo


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