The art of Purifying the Heart
CATEGORY: Spirituality & Meditation
We live in a technical society and we are used to thinking that everything that happens has an external cause, every movement an impetus from another force. The positivist psychologists have taught us that a child’s soul is a tabula rasa, in which we will find only what other people will write there. Therefore society tries to «indoctrinate us», in the good and bad senses of the word. Therefore, the human person is used to listening only to others, no longer pays attention to the inspirations of the heart, which come from the Spirit. It is a privilege of artists to have «inspirations», but not exclusively. In the spiritual life everyone must be an «artist» and construct their own life under the guidance of the supreme «Artist». As Saint Ignatius of Loyola said: «It is not the richness of science which satisfies the soul, but feeling and tasting things from within».
This Book deals with Prayer and Spiritual life, with the experience of Grace and Goodness, through discernment of evil and human passions in everyday experience. It is a beautiful and simple proposal to construct our spiritual life through Discernment and Prayer of the Heart.
1955 marked the beginning of his university career as a professor of Patristic and Eastern Spiritual Theology at various universities in Rome as well as around the world. He was made Cardinal in 2003 and has become known as one of the greatest experts in the spirituality of Eastern Christianity today. As a prolific author, he has been equally acknowledged in the academic and international fields, and has been chosen «Man of the Year, 1990» and «the most admired person of the decade» by the American Bibliographical Institute of Raleigh in North Carolina. He was also decorated with the medal of the Masaryk Order, one of the highest honors of the Czech State, by President Václav Havel.
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