There is a striking image in the Epistle to the Ephesians: May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened. In our culture the heart stands for sentiment or feeling. “Hearts and flowers” is a syrupy way of connecting with another. In the Bible the heart was much more the locus of action. We have a similar idea when in saying “get to the heart of the matter.” In praying for the “eyes of the heart” St. Paul wants us to have a genuine discernment, a motive for acting which comes out of the core values that make us who we are. The Apostle is aware of how easily we can get swept along in popular feeling instead of acting out of our true selves.