God Hears the Heart

by Sr. Spero

The reading from Lauds this morning was from a sermon of Cyprian (d. 258). He told his listeners not to shout their prayers, because “God doesn’t hear our voices, he hears the heart.” That started me wondering what God hears when He listens to hearts. Is it words, or “groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26), or could it be music — harmony or dissonance depending on the state of our hearts? To me, it would be a terrible burden to hear the sounds of billions of hearts and never know silence. But God is not like me.  He is Love.


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