April 9, 2017

Lent with Pope Benedict XVI

Clean Hands and a Pure Heart

"He who has clean hands and a pure heart" can stand in the holy place" 
Psalm 24:24

Clean hands are hands that are not used for acts of violence. They are hands that are not soiled with corruption, with bribery. A pure heart - when is the heart pure?

A heart is pure when it does not pretend and it is not stained with lies and hypocrisy, a heart that remains transparent like spring water because it is alien to duplicity. A heart is pure when it does not estrange itself with the drunkenness of pleasure, a heart in which love is true and not only a momentary passion.

Clean hands and a pure heart: If we walk with Jesus, we ascend and find the purification that truly brings us to the height to which man is destined - friendship with God himself."

Pope Benedict XVI
Exerpt From Homily, Palm Sunday of the Passion of our Lord, April 1, 2007
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