The heart

“In the Bible, the heart is the organ not only of feelings but of spiritual faculties, reason and will; it is the seat of decisions and of the manner of thinking and acting.” — Pope Francis

Reflection: The biblical understanding of the heart — reason, will, and feelings working together as spiritual capacities — helps us imagine what is meant by a well-formed conscience: gathering information from all our capacities for critical thinking that weighs sentiments along with measurable data points and sound teaching to discern what is true and to make good decisions. How do you usually make decisions? In what ways is this similar to the biblical idea of the heart being the manner of thinking and acting? How is it different?

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Friday, February 3, 2023
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