DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     September 28, 1998     vol. 9, no. 189


Weekly Column by Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.

          "Hearts-to-heart Talk" is a compendium of talks & writings on "How to Pray with the Heart" by the popular Franciscan from upstate New York - Father Stephen Valenta, O.F.M. Conv. and is a regular column each week on Mondays. This quiet, sincere priest, with over 45 years in pastoral care and in the radio/television ministry, will touch your heart as he pinpoints the "how to's" of praying with and from the heart. In his column today in the DAILY CATHOLIC he begins a short series on surrendering our will to God's Will. It is not as easy as it may sound, but with prayer and letting our thoughts be given to Him, we can more readily accomplish this goal.    Fr. Stephen's column along with columns by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto and Father John H. Hampsch, C.M.F. promise simple, but effective and vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can reach Fr. Valenta at Hearts to heart Center at P.O. Box 212, Rensselaer, New York, 12144 or you can reach him at (518) 434-1723.

Our thrust into life is not to be with Thought, but with Surrender part one

          Who is able to look into God's Mind? God as God is Infinite. His Mind is Infinite. His "Thoughts" are Infinite. Only the Infinite, then, could look into God's Mind. Since all creatures are finite, since we, as humans are creatures, it is impossible for anyone of us to look into God's Mind, much less to know His Mind.

          It should be stated that it is not that God HAS an Infinite Mind, but that He IS Infinite Mind. If He, as He is, IS Infinite Mind, He is also Infinite Heart. It follows that, as it is impossible to understand God's Mind, it is equally impossible to understand God's Heart.

          Jesus revealed to us that God is our Father. God, as all mankind's Father, has chosen by way of His Infinite Love to reveal to us, through the Spirit and through Jesus, limited portions of the Infinite Mind and Heart. As such, we are able to know of those Truths and expressions of Love, which are revealed to us in Sacred Scripture and Tradition. It is by way of these sources that we are able in a limited way to look into God'' Mind and Heart.

          At Baptism, the human heart was gifted with Faith, Hope and Charity, with belief and trust in, and love for God. At Baptism, these gifts were given in seed form. At Conformation, these seeds were given a power to sprout forth and through the exercise of these gifts, we, as limited human beings, are capable of sharing in the Divine Life, to the exciting degree of being able to believe truths revealed to us, trust in God's revelations, and love Him Who is the Source of all truth and love.

          We come now to the fruit of all these premises, namely that Adam and Eve, our first parents were created in the state of obedience to their Creator, created in the state of surrender to His Will. The baptized human heart is capable of believing this as Divine Truth; the confirmed believer accepts this as an absolute fact.

          Equally revealed by God and equally accepted by the confirmed believer is the fact that satan brought our first parents out of SURRENDER and into THOUGHT. In Genesis 3:11 we read, "He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" Satan tricked our first parents in leaving obedience, that is, surrender, and enter into thought. They would not have known that they were naked save for the fact that they looked at themselves, that is, with their mind, they turned onto themselves rather than keeping mind and heart directed towards God.

    Next week: part two of "Surrender"

September 28, 1998       volume 9, no. 189
HEARTS TO HEART TALK by Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.


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