Merciful Heart: St. Isaac the Syrian

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What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, for demons, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in abundance. By the strong and vehement mercy that grips such a person’s heart, and by such great compassion, the heart is humbled and one cannot bear to hear or to see any injury or slight sorrow in any in creation. For this reason, such a person offers up tearful prayer continually even for irrational beasts, for the enemies of truth, and for those who harm her or him, that they be protected and receive mercy. And in the like manner such a person prays for the family of reptiles because of the great compassion that burns without measure in a heart that is in the likeness of God. – St. Isaac the Syrian

2 thoughts on “Merciful Heart: St. Isaac the Syrian

  1. Thank you for sharing this. This is what I want to live/practice. I think I do, but of course I fall short. I am in awe of the person who wrote this. The author of this goes right to the whole point. I think this might be my favorite of all your posts. (I need to Google “St Isaac the Syrian”)

    • Wow, I’m so glad you got so much out of it. I was really touched by his words, too. You may see more of St. Isaac here, I’m hoping to have a quote (from various sources) posted each Monday.

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