How many of you have awoken to the sensation of falling? Where did that fear come from? Was it an image in your mind that frightened you? Or was it something in the pit of you?
How many of you have been wrongfully accused? Where did that glow of anger come from? Did it start within the mind and move to heart? Or did it pour out from the middle of you?
Or how many of you, when you were young saw a beautiful woman? Did that sensation start in your mind intellectually? Or did that flush feeling emanate through you starting at the center of your being? Hot faced and weak, swooning like a fool.
As Christ said, evil comes out of the heart of a man. Here we have fear, anger, lust. These things you feel automatically. You don't even have to try to feel them. But let you look upon a crucifix! and how hard it is for you to feel something genuine, not self-promoted. The only emotion you can work up is self-suggested maudlin.
Do you see how small the heart is? Do you see how full of evil it is? We ought not love God out of duty. No. We ought to strive for this automatic response which comes from the heart being filled with holiness. This is the prayer of the heart. Presently, the heart wants evil: vengeance, comforts, fornications. When we stop coming to God through images primarily, and our heart beats for him, apart from the images... then we are close. We are VERY close!
"Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim." ~Aristotle~