We are all as travelers on a long journey, seeking to return home, to the very core of our nature. However, we are hampered in this regard by three obstacles. First, our very own preoccupation with ourselves for, try as we may, and pretend as we wish, we cannot shake the eternal truth that we are consistent in mainly one wrong, which is an over-emphasis and preoccupation with ourselves. At some level we know that humility is proximity to Christ and, perhaps, we even acknowledge that Christ and His Heavenly Mother are perfect models of that very same humility. If the Son of God and the Mother of God can be models of humility, then how is it that we, infinitely less deserving and quite defective on many levels, can ever dare to be any less? No, rather than embracing humility, we instead choose to embrace everything and anything which shines the best light on ourselves, and which clothes us in praise and recognition. The fact remains, however, that we cannot embrace the cross as a follower of Christ if we are too busy embracing our own photos and trophies are representations our own daily brand of self-worship.
The second obstacle in our journey toward Heaven is closely related to the first. Namely, that we tend to view the Will of God through our own self-obsession. If something enhances our self-perception, we tend to judge that thing well and even seek to do that thing ourselves. Similarly, we evaluate any action, thought, or endeavor as to how well that action or activity tends to enhance our self-generated, earthly-garnished, perception of ourselves. Our definition of an answered prayer is a prayer which results in precisely what we wish fairly precisely as we wish it. It never occurs to us that our prayers may be answered when we fail to receive what we are praying for.
The third obstacle in our journey is our obsession with public opinion. Herein we spend much of our time and money worrying about what others may think or will think of what we do. Assuming that what is good is what most people favor is typical public opinion belief. The sooner we realize the folly of this obsession with the view of others, the better off we will be. The saints and other spiritual models were never preoccupied with what others believed or opined about them but, rather, only what and how God sees them.
As we begin this journey together, let us resolve to detach ourselves from the opinions or favoritism of this world, and only seek what has value in Heaven.
Copyright, Gabriel Garnica 2015.