Do you want to see God?
The Lord Jesus told us how to reach that goal: “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).
Purity of heart is something that we need to take seriously, but at the same time it could almost seem hopelessly irrelevant even to consider it nowadays. Turn on the radio, turn on the television, fire up Netflix, listen to “water cooler conversation”… and we hardly need mention the computer! Impurity is all around us.
Each day, in effect, we have a series of choices to make in this regard, and these choices are serious and urgent. While it might seem a bit overwhelming at times, given how widespread is the lack of respect for purity at this point in history, it is far from impossible. God has willed that you and I should live at this time and in each of our respective places. He doesn’t make mistakes. And he always offers us the grace to face our challenges (see 1 Corinthians 10:13).
So we need to do two things: decide to seek purity of heart, and pray for purity of heart. We need strength and help from God to be able to resist the temptations that are so frequently around us, not to mention those that come from within.
Here is a little prayer for purity of heart to St. Philomena that I wrote a few years back:
O Saint Philomena: help me, by your powerful intercession before the throne of Almighty God, to imitate your purity of mind, heart, and body: and so to resist every evil temptation, growing daily in love of God and neighbor. Amen.