Monday, February 22, 2010

Seeking with "whole" hearts

One of my recent Scripture readings included the following: You shall seek the Lord, your God, and you shall indeed find him when you search after him with your whole heart and your whole soul (Deut. 4:29). The same day I happened to read an article taken from the writings of St. Francis De Sales (Introduction to the Devout Life) in which he takes note:

We have seen gentlemen and ladies spend the whole night, even many nights one after another, playing chess or cards. Is there any occupation more absurd, gloomy, or depressing than this last? Yet worldly people don't say a word and the players' friends don't bother their heads about it.

What would he say about the multitude of things that distract us today? People claiming to follow Jesus can watch hours of the Olympics (or any number of other things) and not spend one cumulative hour per day in Scripture reading and prayer –– and they maybe sometimes wonder where the presence and power of God is in their lives.

What does it really mean to seek God with a whole heart?

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