What is purity of heart?

These are some initial ideas about purity of heart taken from an excellent book on the spiritual life.  Time permitting, I will add minimal commentary, perhaps by way of editing after the initial posting, but the main ideas are clear and simple enough.

Purity of Heart: Its nature and its properties

I. In what purity of heart consists.

Purity of heart consists in having nothing therein which is, in however small a degree, opposed to God and the operation of His grace.

All the creatures there are in the world, the whole order of nature as well as of grace, and all the leadings of Providence, have been so disposed as to remove from our souls whatever is contrary to God.  For never shall we attain unto God until we have corrected, cut off, and destroyed, either in this life or in the next, everything that is contrary to God.

II. How necessary purity of heart is to us.

The first means towards the attainment of perfection is purity of heart; by it alone a St. Paul Hermit, a St. Mary of Egypt, and so many other holy solitaries attained thereto.  Next after purity of heart come the precepts and spiritual doctrine to be found in books; then direction and faithful co-operation with graces bestowed.  This is the high road of perfection.

We must devote our whole care to purifying our heart, because there lies the root of all our evils.

To be able to conceive how requisite purity of heart is to us, it would be necessary fully to comprehend the natural corruption of the human heart.  There is in us a very depth of malice, which we do not perceive, because we never seriously examine our own interior.  If we did, we should find therein a multitude of desires and irregular appetites for the honors, the pleasures, and the comforts of the world unceasingly fermenting in our heart.

We are so full of false ideas and erroneous judgments, of disorderly affections, passions, and malice, that we should stand confounded at ourselves could we see ourselves such as we are.  Let us imagine ourselves a muddy well, from which water is continually being drawn; at first, what comes up is scarcely anything but mud; but by dint of drawing, the well is gradually cleansed, and the water becomes purer, until at last it is as clear as crystal.  In like manner, by laboring incessantly to purge our soul, the ground of it becomes gradually cleared, and God manifests His presence by powerful and marvelous effects which He works in the soul, and through it, for the good of others.

When the heart is thoroughly cleansed, God fills the soul and all its powers, the memory, the understanding, and the will, with His holy presence and love.  Thus purity of heart leads to union with God, and no one ordinarily attains thereto by other means.

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17 Responses to What is purity of heart?

  1. I believe you have mentioned some very interesting details , thankyou for the post.

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  3. GodSend says:

    That’s all very nice – but what about Jesus and His suffering and resurrection? Did Jesus and His Cross just slip your mind? Point me to a post about God’s beloved Son, Jesus – the Alpha and the Omega of all Creation and the Redeemer of mankind.

  4. Eamon says:

    Welcome, GodSend and thank you for your comment. The sublime topic of the Incarnate Word will be discussed in future posts, probably at a level found on very few blogs or websites. If the way I choose to arrange this fairly-new blog is unsatisfactory to you, I make no apologies and you are free to search elsewhere for whatever it is you seek. I assure you that I mean no disrespect, sir. However, I know what I am doing and that what I am doing and how I am doing it are in harmony with God’s will for me at this time. Godspeed to you and yours.

  5. GodSend says:

    I’m very glad to hear that! I seek kindred spirits, among other things. I’m sure that no apologies will be requested or needed and that you will fulfill your inspired vision with the same vigor, enthusiasm, commitment and God-given wisdom with which I fulfill mine – perhaps a little less colorful 😉 Very insightful comments on the Les Visible blog today! I’ll be checking in here now and then to SEE! wassup. Just out of curiosity, have you heard of TAS (Theodore Austin-Sparks)? God bless.

  6. GodSend says:

    “Incarnate Word”

    I assume you mean Jesus the Christ, the Son of God and Redeemer of mankind by that, right? Just wanna make sure we’re both talking about the same Divine Person of the triune Godhead. You know: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – as described in Holy Scripture by Jesus the Christ, right?!

  7. Eamon says:

    Yes. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him.” I have never heard the term or title applied to anyone else. Have you?

  8. GodSend says:

    Nope. There are, however, people who are confused about the triune Godhead and its Divine Persons. The confusion, undoubtedly, is the work of the “Great Deceiver” (Satan). What about TAS – have you read some of his work? He wrote one terrific article (among MANY) in which he makes it absolutely clear that Jesus “repudiated Judaism”. Of course the Judaic leaders and their followers of His day “repudiated” Him by having Him nailed to the Cross. Any thoughts about Christian Zionism? (John Hagee, et al).

  9. Eamon says:

    As we know, people are confused about a great many things these days. Rectifying the lamentable situation is what the Great Purification is all about. Re: TAS — I have never heard of him. As for Jesus’ repudiation of Judaism, years of research have proved to me that Judaism, as such, did not even exist at that time. The forces that eventually founded and still control the Synagogue of Satan were alive and well during the final years of the OT Temple, but Jesus did not repudiate the OT Israelite religion. His own words were, “Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” He rightfully and repeatedly hammered the Pharisees and Sadducees, but they established the Synagogue of Satan, i.e., Judaism, after Jesus’ ascension. What is more, the “holy” book of Judaism is the Talmud, neither part of which existed in written form until centuries after Jesus’ ascension. You may already know this, but the Talmud is, more or less, a lengthy, elaborate and insane nullification of the OT Israelite religion.

    It is an involved subject, to be sure. I apologize, but I cannot elaborate further at the moment, nor is the comments section the best-suited place to do so. I may or may not do blog entries about such things — I have a lot on my plate right now — but some of the links I provide give a thorough treatment of these and other issues.

    Pax tecum.

    • GodSend says:

      The “repudiation of Judaism” refers to Jesus’ unequivocal repudiation of the organized religion which the Pharisees and Sadducees practiced during His time. To say that their organized religion was not Judaism may be splitting hairs. It certainly evolved further in the wrong direction with the Talmud and became a religion of racism and hatred of goyim (“Cattle”). Michael Hoffman has spent a big chunk of his lifetime exposing the true nature of Judaism (“Judaism Discovered”).

      Anyway, thanks for your comments. No further comments from you are necessary..


  10. Eamon says:

    Copy. Oddly enough, I am sitting no more than two feet from a signed copy of “Judaism Discovered.” I have twice had the pleasure of having coffee and a chat with Mr. Hoffman. He is a delightful man. Je comprends, monsieur 🙂

    • GodSend says:

      I’m sitting 2 feet away from Eisenmenger’s “The Traditions of the Jews”, courtesy of Michael. Unfortunately, Michael has become a Roman Catholic. In my view, that’s going from the frying pan (Judaism) into the fire (Catholicism and the Vatican). True Christ Consciousness is indeed very hard to find in any organized religion, including Christianity. TAS understood that better than anyone I have ever come across. There is no doubt that even many of the “elect” are being deceived. Satan is a devilish adversary!

      • Eamon says:

        This is the end of the Age of Materialism, but it has been getting worse for several centuries. Materialism has come to adversely affect everything, even the loftiest spiritual matters. Please read my blog entry about “digging deeper” to see the thoughts of a monk from the late 19th century. What he was talking about then has only grown immeasurably worse during the last 120 or so years. IMO, it boils down to the letter of the law’s usurpation of the spirit of the law’s rightful, primary place. It is an inversion which leads to eventual perversion; it is, IMO, analogous to what happens when a man gives the primary place to his fleshly considerations and relegates the concerns of his immortal soul to the second place (which, after a time, means he doesn’t consider his soul’s interests at all). As for the rest, perhaps you’d be interested in sending me your thoughts in an email? If so, I’ll get you my address. Ciao for now 🙂

  11. GodSend says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head! God may require you to surrender many your fleshly interests and material possessions (especially “lusts”) in order to attain spiritual understanding and a true walk with Him. It’s happened in my life, so I know from personal experience. You have to be willing to “surrender ALL” without complaining, if you want to ascend to His lofty realm. However, self-flagellation and asceticism is NOT the answer. God must engineer your circumstances which then require obedience to His will. You can’t will or self-flagellate yourself into spiritual understanding – like the monks tried (and still try) to do!

    Yeah – send me your email address.

  12. GodSend says:

    PS There is a wonderful description of the life of a true follower of Jesus which I came across on the Web several years ago, written by a anon. You can find it near the end of my main website: http://novalight.org It’s titled: THE LIFE. (You have to click on the rabbit on my Home Page to get to it).

  13. Actually, now that I think of it, whatever I have to say to you I have already said (repeatedly), with colorful illustrations and music, to over 1 million people from all countries in the world where there is an Internet. I’ve said it since 1996 on my main “Sons of Light” website (see link in my previous comment) and my 2 Blogs. I advise Truth seekers to STUDY that website and my 2 Blogs very carefully, and all their questions about The Puzzle of human existence will be answered. That goes for you, too. 🙂 If you do that diligently and with an open mind and open heart, the Holy Spirit will confirm to you all Truth which is assembled there (if you know how to listen to His quiet voice) – and the scales of misinformation, disinformation, deception and ignorance will fall from your eyes.

    Be warned – this may take quite a lot of time! The sites are huge and much of the most important information will be found in the (many) links! Remember, if you are willing to lead THE LIFE (see previous comment), God will bless you with spiritual enlightenment, however, as with physical conditioning, the following law holds: NO PAIN, NO GAIN! Suffering (physical and/or emotional and/or spiritual) in God’s crucible (OVERCOMING) is what it takes. I’m speaking from personal experience. Godspeed.

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