What is a Contrite Heart?

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For 13 March 2021, Saturday of the third week of Lent, based on Luke 18:9-14

Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Barbara Schwarz OP

Barbara Schwarz is a Dominican Sister of Amityville. She is an artist and member of the Dominican Institute for the Arts. Barbara’s work reflects a deep sense of justice and a profound love of color. She does workshops, days of prayer, and art as meditation with groups. Barbara has been a presenter at the Dominican College and Youth Preaching Conferences.