Friday, December 4, 2009

The Charitable Heart

IT IS GETTING COLD OUT, but the loving heart is never cold.

St. Isaac of Syria, writes,
What is a charitable heart? It is a heart which is burning with love for the whole of creation, for men, for the birds, for the beasts, for the demons -for all creatures. He who has such a heart cannot see or call to mind a creature without his eyes becoming full with tears by reason of the immense compassion which seizes his heart; a heart which is softened and can no longer bear to see or learn from others of any suffering, even the smallest pain, being inflicted upon a creature...moved by the infinite pity which reins in the hearts of those who are becoming united to God.*
*Lossky, Vladimir. Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, p. 111

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