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The Heart Is the Hearth

stainless of Jesus pointing at his sacred heart


Today, consider the tender insights that the Franciscan author Ilia Delio offers on Jesus’ words: “I came to bring fire to the earth and how I wish it were already kindled” (Lk 12:49). She writes, “the heart is the ‘hearth’ of the human person, the place where the kindling of the Spirit can take place.”


I draw nearer to you, Divine One,
feeling the healing warmth of your love from your infinite fire.
Yours is the most perfect light.
How it burns!
Melt away my deepest fears and hurts.
Let all darkness disappear as I let go,
staring into you.


Find an image of the Sacred Heart today and see how the fire burns. Imagine that same fire within you.

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