CREATE A CLEAN HEART IN ME O LORD
What does a clean heart mean? Somehow in the development of our spirituality, we associate cleanliness with chastity, and relate it mainly to the 6th and the 9th commandments. But actually purity of heart is much wider than this. To have a pure heart means to have a heart free of falsehood, of evil intentions, of scheming thoughts and plans. Stated positively, it means authenticity, simplicity, guilelessness. Our constant prayer is for God to create a clean heart in us because we know that our ego is so tricky that it worms its way into everything we think and do even in our good deeds and intentions. When we admonish someone we convince ourselves that it is for his/her own good but if we examine our hearts carefully there can be a secret satisfaction lurking there in discovering some defect in our neighbor and we can become smug and self-righteous about not having that defect. When we say we are doing good things for other people, don’t we sometimes use people to make us appear good and generous? CREATE A CLEAN HEART IN ME, O LORD!
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