Friday, March 12, 2010

Principles and Practices - March 13

Cleanness of Heart

Jesus indeed is the light of ignorance: and the only solace of grief. Listen, therefore, to the word which proceeds from the mouth of God: and from the lips of the blessed Jesus. For the most pure Jesus saith, 'Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.' A sublime word: because uttered by the Most High. A great promise: but assured by the supreme Truth. Blessed are the clean of heart. O sweet saying: which rightly calls the soul to the promise of blessedness; since God is the reward, and nothing of earth is mentioned here.

-Thomas a Kempis.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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