Wisdom Rests in a Tranquil Heart (Mon. April 4)

The word of the day is “heart.”  St. Theophan the Recluse taught that the heart is the innermost center of our being.  It is the seat of our thoughts, emotions, will, self-awareness, and conscience.  It follows that the state of the heart determines the condition of our bodies, minds, and souls.  In this vein, in our reading of Proverbs 14: 27-15:4, the wise sage of Proverbs says, “A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones” (NKJV vs. 30).  Today we consider what it means to possess a spiritually healthy heart. A Calm, Peaceful, and Tranquil Heart What does it mean to have a “sound” heart?  Various versions translate the adjective “sound” as “peaceful”…

Wisdom Rests in a Tranquil Heart (Mon. April 12)

The word of the day is “heart.”  St. Theophan the Recluse taught that the heart is the innermost center of our being.  It is the seat of our thoughts, emotions, will, self-awareness, and conscience.  It follows that the state of the heart determines the condition of our bodies, minds, and souls.  In this vein, in our reading of Proverbs 14: 27-15:4, the wise sage of Proverbs says, “A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones” (NKJV vs. 30).  Today we consider what it means to possess a spiritually healthy heart. A Calm, Peaceful, and Tranquil Heart What does it mean to have a “sound” heart?  Various versions translate the adjective “sound” as “peaceful”…

Once Alienated Now Reconciled (Wed. Oct. 28)

The word of the day is “alienated.”  In our reading of Colossians 1:18-23, St. Paul proclaims that Christ has “made peace through the blood of His cross” (vs.20).  Why did it take the suffering of the Cross for the Father to “reconcile all things to himself”? Why couldn’t some sweet words of His lovingkindness have accomplished it? Why couldn’t our Heavenly Father have declared his unmerited forgiveness of sinners without such the shedding of the Lord’s blood? Theologians have wrestled with these questions throughout the centuries.  In our reading, St. Paul refers to the “human condition” to give one answer.  He states, “you… were once were alienated and enemies [of God] in your mind by wicked works…” (vs. 21).  Paul…