To be pure of heart in the biblical sense means, above all, to have our eyes focused straight on God, or to be single-minded. In other words, blessed are the single-minded, the people who take whatever happens in their lives and focus it all toward God. They are single-mindedly concerned about worshipping God in every possible way they can.

-from The Gospels According to Saint Francis

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“Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us. Both are good when both are possible. Otherwise, prayer is better than reading.”

— St. Isidore of Seville

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