The early Fathers of the Church believed that each of us has two minds and two hearts. Inside each of us, they believed, is a noble, huge mind and heart. But, at the same time, inside us there is also a petty, small mind and heart. For them, this explained the great variations in our feelings and actions, why we can at times be noble, generous, big-hearted, and saintly; just as, at other times, we can be petty, bitter, small-minded, and selfish. Everything depends on which mind and heart we are operating out of at a given moment.
Life’s Great Questions | Jean Vanier | p. ix