Pure hearts are holy hearts! When your heart is pure, it is clean and this means that your soul is free from sin. You are united with Christ; conformed to Christ, and act in a Christ-like manner. To be of this stature you must have a pure heart, a holy heart, a heart like Jesus’ heart. Might sound impossible, right, given humankind’s propensity to sin?
Jesus reminds us in the Beatitudes:
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8).
News flash! If we want to experience eternal life in Heaven, in the presence of God, then we must be free from sin. We must have pure hearts. Notice in the Beatitude that it doesn’t say “Blessed are all believers, for they shall see God.” Sometimes we need to think about what Jesus does NOT say when making decisions in our lives. What we do on earth can contribute or hinder greatly to our development of pure hearts. Only Saints get into Heaven, for Saints are pure of heart. As a Catholic I believe that the rest of us need our souls to be purified before entering into God’s presence. That is the purpose of Purgatory – to purge our souls from sin; to give us pure hearts. Our goal on earth should always be Heaven. Understanding that goal means that we should be taking action NOW to become Saints.
Every decision that you make, is it done with the purpose of doing God’s will, or your own? If we use our intellect and live in accordance with God’s will for our lives, we greatly contribute to the development of a pure heart, because God’s will is sinless. When we stray, and fend for ourselves, we sin. As a Catholic, I am grateful for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where I can receive God’s forgiveness of my sins, His mercy, and a pure heart. Because I am human and will sin again, I can seek this Sacrament as often as I like, always seeking that pure heart.
How will a clean soul, a pure heart make you feel? We’ll discuss the answer to that question in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!