It is important to have an inhabited heart, more so than an undivided heart.

Dom Bernardo Olivera, ocso

I came across these words of the abbot general of our Order quite by chance a couple of years ago, while looking for something completely different in the minutes of the last General Chapter. They struck me then as worth noting, and I have found myself coming back to them regularly. I had previously been aware of desiring an undivided heart, while sometimes painfully aware of the divisions of my own heart – or, perhaps more dangerously, while not being aware of them. An undivided heart can easily become an idealised abstraction, while an inhabited heart challenges me to stay within the reality of what is really going on in my deepest being.

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