Faith at Work

Praising in Action – Purity

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”
~ Matthew 5:8

What does it mean to be pure of heart?
It means to be clean, blameless, unstained from guilt. Being pure of heart involves having a singleness of heart toward God. A pure heart has no hypocrisy, no guile, no hidden motives. The pure heart is marked by transparency and an uncompromising desire to please God in all things. It is more than an external purity of behavior; it is an internal purity of soul.
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Sharings

St. Anthony

St. Anthony, born as Fernando Martins in the year 1195 AD in Lisbon, Portugal joined the Franciscan order at a young age where he initially he worked as a chaplain doing the lowliest of kitchen work. But the hidden jewel was soon to appear in all its brilliance. For the occasion of an ordination, the priest who was supposed to preach the sermon fell ill and so St. Anthony was asked to give the sermon. He spoke with such wisdom and eloquence that his fame spread throughout and he was asked to preach throughout Italy. St Anthony performed countless miracles in his lifetime.
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Personal Relationships

Sacred Music: Purpose and Qualities

Approximately two years back, after a mass in which I was playing with other musicians, one of the faithful mentioned that the music that day made it really tough for him to pray. Not a comment that I had expected, But nevertheless, it made me think. Was our music actually fostering a spirit of prayer? Or did we lose track in our youthful enthusiasm?
Looking back…we I believe we did lose track.
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