Pay Attention to Your Heart
January 26, 2011 Length: 1:01
St. Seraphim of Sarov on attending to the activity of your heart.
In the previous episode I quoted St. Isaac the Syrian, who tells us to look for God in our heart. St. Seraphim of Sarov further tells us to pay close attention to what is going on in our heart, and compare it to what we learn from the Church:
He who is traveling the path of heedfulness should not trust only his own heart, but should verify the workings of his heart and his life with the law of God and with the active life of ascetics of piety who have passed through such endeavor. By this means one may the more easily both save oneself from the evil one and more clearly behold the truth.
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