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United with Christ in mind and heart

Thurs­day. Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way (Prov. 23:19). Out of the heart con­tin­u­al­ly pro­ceed thoughts which some­times are good, but more often are evil. The evil ones should not be fol­lowed at all, but even the good ones should not always be car­ried out. It hap­pens that even thoughts which are good in and of them?selves are inap­pro­pri­ate in real­i­ty, due to cir­cum­stances. This is why it is pre­scribed to be atten­tive toward one­self, to keep an eye on all that pro­ceeds out of the heart — to reject the evil, con­sid­er what is good, and ful­fil only what proves to be tru­ly good. But best of all would be to to?tally imprison the heart,

noth­ing leaves it and noth­ing enters it with­out the permission

mind; so that the mind would come first in all things, deter­min­ing the move­ments of the heart. But the mind is this way only when it is the mind of Christ.

Christ in mind and heart and every?thing with­in you will be in good work­ing order.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse