Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time
“You cleanse the outside… Did not he who made the outside make the inside too?”
The Lord knows the thoughts and intentions of our heart. For there is no doubt that he knows them all but we know only those he reveals to us through the grace of discernment. For a person’s mind does not always know what is inside him and even when he is dealing with his own thoughts, whether they be voluntary or not, he thinks of them in a way that does not always correspond with reality. His gaze is so darkened that he doesn’t even discern with precision those that reveal themselves clearly to his mind.
For it often happens that, for some human reason or for a reason coming from the Tempter, by means of his own thinking a person sets out on something that only appears to be pious but, in the eyes of God, does not deserve at all the reward promised to virtue. That is because certain things can take on the appearance of true virtue, as moreover also of vice, and can deceive the eyes of the heart. Through their seductions, they can trouble the vision of our intelligence to the point that it often considers realities to be good that are in fact bad and, conversely, they can cause our minds to see something bad where in fact there is no evil. That is an aspect of our poverty and ignorance that we must deplore a lot and greatly fear…
Who can verify whether the spirits come from God unless the one who has received discernment of spirits from God?… That discernment is at the source of all the virtues.