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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Listen to Your Heart (Posted by Priya Deelchand)

    Every year Father Cornillo opened the
  vestry of his little country church and
  received visits from the young people
  of neighbouring villages.
    They came from far to receive advice
  and to learn about what to meditate on.
    One day, a young girl from a good
  family knelt at the feet of the priest.
  "Father," she said, "I want to become a
  saint. What should I do?"
    "Follow your heart, and never deviate
  from what it tells you," Father
  Cornillo replied.
    The girl was pleased with the advice.
  'How easy it is to become a saint,' she
  thought. 'All I have to do is listen to
  what my heart says.'
    But before she could get up and leave
  the church, the priest added, "To
  follow you heart you will have to be
  very strong, and your life will be full
  of sacrifice."
    Father Cornillo was perfectly right:
  listening to your heart requires
  tremendous willpower.
    It is not a question of living
  according to what you feel like doing
  day by day. On the contrary, you have
  to seek out the wisdom of your heart,
  and never give up. You cannot be
  satisfied with little victories, and
  you must not fall prey to self
    Listening to your heart means being
  hard on yourself, and never trying to
  circumvent its moral requirements.

-Author unknown - Posted by Priya Deelchand

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