A Merciful Heart


“What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, for demons, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in abundance. By the strong and vehement mercy that grips such a person’s heart, and by such great compassion, the heart is humbled and one cannot bear to hear or to see any injury or slight sorrow in any in creation. For this reason, such a person offers up tearful prayer continually even for irrational beasts, for the enemies of the truth, and for those who harm her or him, that they be protected and receive mercy. And in like manner such a person prays for the family of reptiles because of the great compassion that burns with without measure in a heart that is in the likeness of God.”

– St. Isaac the Syrian

3 thoughts on “A Merciful Heart

  1. trudom22 March 29, 2012 / 1:17 pm

    without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly begger


  2. Rick Stassi April 9, 2012 / 11:11 pm

    The true merciful heart is fed by He who died at Calvary, the Spirit He promised, the Father who loves without end. Have that heart. it is as close as the outstretched hand of God leading us to the greener pastures at the feet of Jesus.


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