Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

Posted on June 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), founder of religious communities

An address on Holy Indifference, 16th May, 1659

“Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be”
Where is the loving heart? In whatever it loves – in other words, wherever our love resides, there our heart is held captive. It cannot leave it, cannot rise above it, cannot move either to right or left; see how it is brought to a standstill! Wherever a miser has his treasure, there his heart is; and wherever our heart is, there is our treasure.Think of it! A mere nothing, a fancy, some hard word said to us, the absence of a friendly welcome, some small refusal, just the thought that we are not thought much of – all these things wound and upset us to such an extent that we cannot get over them!

It is self-love that fixates us on these imaginary injuries, we don’t know how to throw them off, we are always dwelling on them within, and why?

Because we are held prisoner by this passion. Who is it who imprisons us? Are we «in the freedom of the children of God»? (Rom 8,21). Or are we held fast to possessions, pleasures, honors?
O Saviour, you have opened up for us the door of freedom, teach us to find it.
Make us understand the importance of this freeing,
make us turn to you that we may come to it.
Enlighten us, O my Saviour,
o see what it is we are attached to,
and please set us in the freedom of the children of God.


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