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Have A Heart

Sacred Heart of Jesus by José María Ibarrarán y Ponce, 1896 Via Wikipedia

Sacred Heart of Jesus by José María Ibarrarán y Ponce, 1896 Via Wikipedia

Back in the Depression days of the 1930’s a common expression going around was “Have a heart.”  People out of work and desperately hungry would approach another person to ask for help with these words, “Have a Heart.”  This meant “Be generous, have compassion and share something with me.”

From this “heart” in our inner spirit flow all the glorious emotions of life such as joy, hope, peace, unselfish love, patience, kindness and forgiveness, just to mention a few.  We identify this “heart” with a person by saying “She is good hearted”, “He is kindhearted.”

Because of our free will we can allow evil to enter our hearts and corrupt this treasured gift from God.  Blindly and foolishly human beings can choose envy, greed, unforgiveness, hatred, revenge and a lust for power or pleasure.  These unfortunate choices pollute the wellsprings of the heart.  The writer could call this catastrophe the world’s greatest tragedy.  Light leaves the heart and darkness takes over.

 The price we pay to keep our hearts filled with life-giving qualities is found in prayer and vigilance.  “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” wrote St. Paul.

In the Middle Ages nobles of high rank built castles to protect themselves against their enemies.  A deep ditch filled with water surrounded the high walled castle.  A drawbridge formed the only entrance to the interior of the castle.  When robbers and brigands approached the drawbridge would be pulled up over the mote and prevent any break in.

In the spiritual life, in our efforts to keep enemies from entering our hearts, we can surround ourselves with a spirit of prayer.  Especially in times of invasion, we might say a quick prayer to God for His protection and inspiration: “Jesus, help me.”

At the doorway to our hearts we too should have a drawbridge to be hauled up when the world, the flesh and devil try to invade this precious gift of God.  We let out the battle cry, “You shall not enter!”

At stake is the beauty and purity of our hearts – God’s best gift to us.  Our happiness and our delight in living depend on the goodness of our hearts.  “Have a Heart!”

                        Fr. George Mc Kenna

November 16, 2013 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , ,


  1. Yes, the heart is where people will know we are His followers

    Comment by evanlaar1922 | November 16, 2013 | Reply

  2. Beautiful Fr. George…what a wonderful image to remember that prayer is the “drawbridge” of protection for our heart and soul! Your priestly heart brings forth the golden rays of great faith, wisdom and devotion as you lead us, His sheep, to Him. God’s Blessings, Love & Grace to you…forever! Marianne

    Comment by mcs | November 17, 2013 | Reply

  3. Oh Fr. George, what a timely posting. My heart is breaking today – family strife. I need Jesus’ help more than ever. People are so hard to deal with and so unwilling to let love into their lives and be forgiving. I have lots to tell you, will send a letter soon. Thank you for the reminder that with Jesus there is solace and comfort. My drawbridge has been raised twice today.

    I love you!


    Comment by Nancy Westvang | November 18, 2013 | Reply

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