When I was a senior in college, I took a class that I did not realize would affect the rest of my life. It was called “Religion and Autobiography” with Fr. John Dunne, CSC. Much of this class was filled with Fr. Dunne’s pieces of wisdom, which I knew I wasn’t fully understanding at the time. One of the greatest gifts of his class was that we were called to take our lives into serious conversation with Scripture and the Saints. It was in that class that I became captivated with what it means to be pure in heart (and with Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta).

Maybe it is easy to make the association between being pure and impure, clean and dirty, without sin and sinful. I think there is more than this.

“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? Maybe being pure in heart means grounding myself in prayer so that I can be filled with God’s steadying peace. Maybe being pure in heart means listening to God through the movements of my life and seeking after God’s plan for me. Maybe being pure in heart means loving God and wanting what God wants so that it is Jesus who lives in me. Maybe this is how we see God.

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

A few years after taking this class and this particular Scripture as my own, I one day became curious about the etymology of my name.

In not a coincidence, I found that “Caitlan” is Irish in origin and means “pure.”

And so, let’s journey together, learning what it means for us to allow our hearts to be made pure so that we can see God moving in each moment of our lives.