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Where is My Heart Directed?

An integral part of the spirituality of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network is devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This devotion we have is not meant to be superstitious, where we check off a list of things to do in order to gain the favor of our Lord, but is meant to drive us deeper into the heart of the Gospel.

Pope Francis challenges us in particular, when reflecting on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to look at our own heart and to see where it is directed. His words while aimed at priests and given on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, are also applicable to any of us, regardless of our state in life.

“The Heart of the Good Shepherd reaches out to us, above all to those who are most distant. There the needle of his compass inevitably points, there we see a particular ‘weakness’ of his love, which desires to embrace all and lose none…Contemplating the Heart of Christ, we are faced with the fundamental question of our priestly life: Where is my heart directed? Our ministry is often full of plans, projects and activities: from catechesis to liturgy, to works of charity, to pastoral and administrative commitments. Amid all these, we must still ask ourselves: What is my heart set on, where is it directed, what is the treasure that it seeks? For as Jesus says: ‘Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also’ (Mt 6:21).”

It is easy to get caught up in the many activities of the world or even get lost in the many volunteer opportunities at a local parish. Sometimes we are tempted to lose focus and seek the praise of others in the many charitable deeds that we do or simply treat our activities as another “checkmark” on our to-do list. By doing so we start to amass treasure on earth instead of treasure in heaven.

As we go forward during this Easter season, let us reflect on the direction of our own heart and use instead the compass of the Sacred Heart to reorder our desires.

- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)

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