Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18
In order that we may better love the Lord our God, with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we practise self-denial and acts of penance, and strive to reform our lives under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
In the Bible the heart is understood as the apex or very essence of our being, and it is the heart that needs renewing.
As St Benedict Joseph Labre once said, “To love god you need three hearts: a heart of fire for him, a warm heart towards our neighbour and a heart of bronze towards ourselves."
It is always springtime in the heart that loves God. (St John Vianney).