Mar 19, 2018
St. Augustine cautions us, “that man cannot hope to find God unless he finds himself first.” Self- knowledge draws us into God. Self- love prevents us from growing in self- knowledge. Daily, we need to ask the Lord, “where am I in the problems I bring before you?”
St. John Vianney commented, “The man of true sanctity is even more aware of the things that will sink us.” We cling to the need to be right and don’t want to look at our faults and admit them. Dying to self isn’t fatal so let’s start practicing. Our challenge is to grow in self- knowledge and from that knowledge hopefully we’ll draw all we need to grow in holiness.
Some very wise person said “Watch your thoughts, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character because it becomes your eternity. Smoking or non-smoking?”
In James 1, we are reminded that the trials we face in this life are to be viewed as a “happy privilege” and to understand that our faith is only put to the test to make us patient with our brokenness. But patience, too, is to have its practical results so that we will become fully developed, complete with nothing missing.
Lent gives us the opportunity to take a humble look at these daily trials we face and how they test who we really are. The critical lesson here is “don’t be who you aren’t.” St James advises us “to do away with all the impurities and bad habits that are still left in you.”
When this happens we, truly, are free to use the unique gifts and talents given to us to serve the Lord. Free to bloom where we are planted and to Shine!