Friday, April 23, 2010

Heart Speaks to Heart

Heart Speaks to Heart 

Welcome to my site! This is where I babble about my daily happenings, random thoughts, laughters & struggles, and my life as a FOCUS missionary.
I have chosen the motto “Cor ad cor loquitur (heart speaks to heart)” as the title of my site. This is the episcopal motto of the Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman, the great 19th century English convert to the Catholic faith. He borrowed this motto when he was named cardinal in 1870, from a letter written by the great 17th century writer and Bishop of Geneva, St. Francis de Sales.
These words “heart speaks to heart” can first be understood as the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the heart of God, speaking to our heart, calling us to holiness, leading and guiding us to the Father.
But “heart speaks to heart” can also describe a type of pastoral charity where an individual leads another individual to God, through love and kindness. One heart at a time, person to person, heart to heart.
Newman believed that, next to the power of supernatural grace, the greatest influence over the human soul is the example of goodness in another person. After all, no one can be won by Jesus Christ and his Church merely by means of arguments; credible witnesses are more important than words. The faithful, who seriously strives for holiness, are the best and most credible witnesses by whom the divine truth is passed on cor ad cor to future generations. 
As FOCUS missionaries, we follow the footsteps of the early Apostles who, illuminated by Christ, passed on His light to others who again passed it on throughout the world, enkindling the fire of Christ in their hearts.
Just a brief disclaimer, I'm not entirely sure what direction this blog would go, or how long would I be able to keep writing. I've been wanting to start my own blog/website for a while now, so it will be interesting to see where this will go! ;)

1 comment:

Brendan Vaughan-Spruce said...

Thanks for sharing these thoughts, Esther, especially in this year of Cardinal Newman's beatification. My the Lord bless you in your ministry, and may His heart never stop speaking to yours.
Cor ad cor loquitur

With every blessing in the Lord,

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