“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Lk 6:45)

I don’t always have something good to say. Sometimes I feel bogged down by various self-centered concerns, so the words that come out of my mouth tend to be useless. Occasionally they become even damaging or hurtful to other people.

In the passage quoted above the Lord reminds me of a simple truth: that the problem lies not in my words, but in my heart. I need to look into my heart, and see what it’s been "storing up" and focusing on. Has my focus floated over to self, and all its fearful preoccupations?

Let me take a little time to re-focus on God, and humbly ask for His grace to fill my heart, clearing away the debris it’s been collecting. “Treasury of good and Giver of Life, come and abide in us, and cleanse us of all impurity. And save our souls, O Good One!”

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