4 Ways I Struggle in My Goal:
Becoming a Saint
“Allow for uncertainty; you can be sure it will come. Find the lesson in the unexpected.” Matthew Kelly
According to Sam Guzman of Catholic Gentleman, “Many of our faults and failings are more complex than we at first realize. Our patterns of behavior are rarely random, and surface sins are often merely symptomatic of deeper, more subtle wounds in our souls”. As a “prominent example of a deeper wound”, fear is “the cause of many of our faults and failings”.
Those of us, who are participating in the Peace Through Strength Challenge (PTSC), find that fear of the unknown or of failure is a definite factor in keeping our resolve.
Becoming A Saint – Fear
Oh, how we fear! Life has handed me many experiences that cement this obstacle to becoming a saint. Putting my life into God’s hands certainly doesn’t come naturally to me. The world tells us that the stronger we are, the harder we work, the more likely we are to succeed. In direct opposition to worldly wisdom, ‘letting go and letting God’ is tantamount to walking a high wire without an apparent net.
Yet this is exactly what we are called to do. Remember Peter and his wish to walk on water with Jesus? As long as he believed, he managed. It was only when fear entered in, and he doubted, that he began to sink. Jesus, however, was there for him the minute He was called. Calling on God throughout the day must be our goal to overcoming our own fear and preventing our dependence on our own strengths.
Becoming A Saint – Prayer
Becoming A Saint – Selflessness
Our creature comforts are easily placed at the top of our to-do list. This comes naturally to us in our human condition. Yet our supernatural selves can be trained to focus of being selfless. In our path of becoming a saint, we have the option of fully using any available grace to find our true North. I find this to be a daily struggle. The innate urge for self is very strong. Grace obtained through prayer is the only sound solution.
Becoming A Saint – Love
Becoming A Saint – Finding My Path
As long as we are consciously living and breathing, we have new opportunities each and every day. Just like the sacrament of confession, we can shine light on our faults, find reconciliation, and straighten our path. Staying in the state of grace and creating ourselves anew, every day, will give us all the tools we need to continue on our journey. Joining along with others who are traversing the same path gives us not only companionship but the power of shared goals.