Skip to comments.At the Heart of Lent
Posted on 03/02/2018 9:03:13 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You! (Ps. 119:11)
Years ago, I heard a statement from an American monk: The contemplative need go no further than his own heart to find the source of all violence in the world. It struck me as true then and has only seemed more so as the years have passed. At the time (not long after the Vietnam War) this monastic was remarking on the many young people whom they had visiting his monastery who were so deeply angry about peace. The statement echoed an experience I had some years earlier when I was in high school.
A well-known peace activist, a Catholic priest visited our campus. There was a public discussion surrounding his presentation on the War (Vietnam). I got very involved in what became a vitriolic debate (I was arguing for peace). After the event, the priest said to me, Stephen, theres more than one way to do violence to a person. He saw my heart and its danger for me.
Those early lessons were lost on me, but not forgotten. They haunted me when I first read Dostoevsky. His novels never present evil characters. Instead, they present the reality of the human heart. It is there that the source of all violence can be found. Discussing the topic of beauty and debauchery, Dmitri Karamazov examines the contradictions within our experience:
the devil is struggling with God, and the battlefield is the human heart.
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Thanks for posting. I enjoy his blog posts also.
The heart is the source of all human happiness and misery
The mind follows the heart
Anger is the worst of all for the heart
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