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Purifying Our Hearts - Weekday Homily Video

Purifying Our Hearts - Weekday Homily Video

Love thy Neighbor

Imagine a spring overflowing with crystal-clear water, its purity reflecting the light of the sun. This is the heart God desires for us—a heart cleansed from the darkness within, not just by outward rituals. Today's readings remind us that true defilement comes from our thoughts, words, and intentions, not from what we eat or wear.



This shifts the focus from external rituals to the crucial task of internal transformation and purity of heart. While external cleanliness is achievable, cleansing our hearts requires a deeper commitment, aligning our lives with the values of the Gospel.

Solomon, wise as he was, knew this. He yearned for a heart “to rule your people with understanding and discernment,” a heart filled with love, not just power. Jesus echoes this call, urging us to turn away from greed, envy, and judgment and embrace humility, compassion, and forgiveness.


Reflecting God's Love


But how do we ensure our actions reflect God's love? Here are some practical steps:

  • Embrace Gratitude: Shift from self-pity to acknowledging blessings, cultivating contentment and joy.
  • Live in the Present: Find peace and joy by anchoring yourself in the present moment.
  • Spread Positivity: Uplift others and enrich your life by focusing on the good in people and situations.
  • Practice Flexibility: Embrace collaboration and compromise, finding strength in adaptability and considering others' needs.
  • Offer Kindness: Choose to support and uplift, transforming lives with kindness.
  • Respond, Don't React: Approach challenges with calm and consideration, turning obstacles into growth opportunities.
  • Cultivate Empathy: Shift from self-centeredness to understanding and sharing the feelings of others.
  • Embrace Wisdom: Let "love thy neighbor" guide your actions, grounding yourself in timeless moral teachings.
  • Nurture Your Spirit: Seek spiritual growth, opening your heart to compassion, connection, and forgiveness, drawing you closer to God and each other.
  • Live by the Divine Rule of Love: This rule calls for action, urging you to love not just in word but in deed and truth, extending your love beyond yourself for the well-being of others and the world.

Let us take this call to heart. Let us look within, seeking to order our lives not by external standards but by the purity of our hearts and the sincerity of our love for God and one another. Begin this journey of inward cleansing so that what comes out of us truly reflects the love and holiness of God.

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About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.

Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 18 countries.