When I was a senior in college, I took a class called “Religion and Autobiography” with Fr. John Dunne, CSC. It changed my life.

Fr. Dunne spoke in such simple terms and his words were accompanied by great faith and joy—a witness to the truth he spoke. When I heard him speak, I knew I was missing something. 

The greatest gift his class gave me was the invitation to bring my life into serious conversation with Scripture and the saints. Through his invitation, I became captivated with what it means to be pure in heart.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8).

What does it mean to be pure in heart, and what does that have to do with seeing God?

Striving for purity of heart means yearning for clarity of vision. It means getting rid of the clutter and distraction so that we can have authentic and life-giving relationship with God.

Purity of heart is cultivated in prayer and silence, in attentiveness to the movements of the Spirit within our ordinary lives. It is openness to who God is and what he desires to do with our lives.

Each day arrives pregnant with opportunity for encounter with God. And that encounter can happen right where you are and as you are. 

I am grateful that you might take the time with me to focus our hearts and gaze on our faithful God.