The longest journey that a man must take is the 18 inches between his head to his heart. Mother Teresa once said, “A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.” We receive faith by hearing. Faith starts with the mind. We hear, we understand and we believe. A cerebral digestion must take place first. Next, a response is necessitated. If one has heard the Gospel, God impels us to respond. Mary responded with her magnificat quickly and affirmatively. We are called to unite our wills to the will of God. In listening and silence we come to discover the will of God in order that we might live this out. It is a long and arduous journey from the mind to the heart. There are many obstacles and challenges along the way. There is no point hiding from God because he knows us closer than we can know ourselves. So let us give our hearts and minds to him so that he can sanctify and transform them with his grace to be the salt of the earth.