I believe that in each heart, all hearts reside
My friendship is not earned, it is not something acquired by measuring up to the standards of perfection that you have set for yourself. My friendship is pure gift.1 It is the gift of My Sacred Heart and I offer it freely. So few souls understand this. You are sanctified by living in My friendship. All the rest is secondary. Love Me and believe in My unconditional love for you. Trust Me. Show Me that you have confidence in My merciful goodness, especially when you experience weakness, or shame, or fear, and I will renew the grace of My love in your heart. I will uphold you with the gift of My unfailing presence. I am the Friend who will never forsake you. Let that be enough for you.
A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart--The Journal of a Priest at Prayer (Kindle Locations 649-654). Angelico Press. Kindle Edition.
I started writing in 1999, soon after I turned 50. Before that, it never occurred to me to write, or when I did, it was such a chore that I only wrote when I had to. I started to write because I wanted to try to express my ‘intuitions’, to break them down, and to try to express them. When I started to try to share my thoughts on the internet in different forums, I was amazed (not anymore), at the vehement response that I sometimes got. It took me awhile to be able to still seek to be respectful, even if attacked. One reason, is that I understood on some level the reason behind it.
I do believe that Christians in general (myself included), can do a great deal of harm to others when we do what we are not commanded to do. Judging, lashing out, condemning, boxing in, and stereotyping others. This kind of treatment usually leads those attacked to respond in the same way. What I experienced, when starting out, trying to communicate on the internet, and still do, is that we are lumped together, just as we can lump those who think, believe, or, live differently, than we do. A very common human trait, irrational, and a waste of time.
As a Christian, I believe that Christ Jesus seeks to incarnate in the world through me. I am asked to open up my heart to His grace (freely given gift), so as to grow in my ability to love not only God but others, as well. To hate, is to pull back from the love of God. Since Jesus Christ dwells in the hearts of each human being, according to my faith, and as well as from my own experience, in seeking to live out of this reality…. I am aware of the harm, and evil, in demeaning others, in any way.
Christ Jesus, I believe is fully human. What does that mean? He is not controlled by how others treat him, but sees so deeply, that he is able to have mercy, and compassion, on all. Having become man, he understands our inner struggles, more than we do. He sees into the depths of the human heart, and understands our struggle to become more loving, and free. He seeks to show another way, which is seldom paid attention to, especially by Christians, and of course me. In reality how much different are we from the so-called unbelievers? They are often better, since they don’t have to waste their time judging others according to what they think is God’s way. They as well, at least in the United States, more often than the more outspoken Christians, can respond on an intelligent level when asked what they believe.
If God is love, as revealed through Jesus, why is that so often forgotten? If that reality was understood, that the love of God is truly a free gift offered to all, why can’t this truth, be lived out with those we come in contact with each day? Christians are no better than anyone else in actually seeing, listening, and understanding, the person before them. It is easier, and less frustrating, and less painful, to simply lump everyone together. That way, they don’t have to be dealt with, just boxed and stored.
I know that Christians condemn each other to hell all the time. Then of course, all those who follow another religion (non-Christians) are also sent to hell. So I guess we are all going to hell? No. We do this because I believe, let me speak for myself here….I still do not understand what Infinite Love is. I can experience it, yet the effect can wear off if I allow my own inner worries, and fears, to dominate. The mind-of-man is restless, fearful, and filled with many anxious concerns. The Mind-Of-Christ is a mind that is truly rooted, in reality. I am still asleep, Christ-Mind is fully awake.
We are all loved. In the Gospels, if more time were spent in pondering what is being revealed, instead of finding quotes to back up one’s favorite position, perhaps things would be different. Jesus Christ, as St. John says in the beginning of his Gospel, was the Word, the Word was God, and he brought forth by speaking one Word, the cosmos. So, yes, anyone who is ‘saved’, can only be because of Him. He is not a tribal deity but seeking to show the true nature of love that is not based on need, compulsion, or instinct. It is love, I believe, we all seek, but don’t understand. Our art deals with this, especially music, in often deeply poignant ways, that at least while listening, can open up the heart to another reality. This is grace.
Because Jesus has commanded me not to judge others, I strive not to. The state of the soul, of any human being, is between them, and God, I have no right to even begin to guess their place before God. I do know, that we are all loved, and that Jesus Christ, identifies with each of us. Or as St. Augustine says: “God loves each human being as if they were the only one in existence”. If the truth could sink in, perhaps we would treat others with the love, respect, compassion and concern that they deserve. We all need to be respected, listened to, loved and not hated, nor treated, with contempt.
There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God……well, we can step outside of that circle…..who does that? I do not know. I pray for the salvation of all, for I believe that in each heart, all hearts reside, and finally, in the heart of God, we are one. Catholic’s call that the Sacred Heart of Jesus.-Br.MD