“We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.” Francis Fenelon
“Before we can conquer the world we must conquer the self.” Oswald Sanders
“In this journey of emotionally healthy spirituality, we are talking about radical change at the core of our being. At least two critical forces hinder such a profound shift. First, the pressure of others to keep us living lives that are not our own is enormous. And second, our own stubborn self-will is much deeper and more insidious than we think. The possibility of self-deception is so great that without mature companions we can easily fall into the trap of living in illusions.” Pete Scazzero
“A current of useless interior activity constantly surrounds and defends an illusion. I cannot find God unless I renounce this useless activity, and I cannot renounce this activity unless I let go of the illusion it defends. And I cannot get rid of an illusion unless I recognize it for an illusion.” Thomas Merton
“I want to do what is good,
but I don’t.
I don’t want to do what is wrong,
but I do ….”
Moving From the Head to the Heart
We must “correct our own faults” and let God deal with the faults of others. Most of us don’t do this easily, and, as Scazzero points out, when we do manage to focus on radical change at the core of our being “at least two critical forces hinder such a profound shift.”
- Change is not only hard for us, but for others who are comfortable with the “system” we share with them. Change shakes up everything and everyone. Have you noticed others working hard to resist your determined efforts to change? If so, what has been your response?
- Have you learned that your own “stubborn self-will is much deeper and more insidious than you think?” If so, how have you responded to that?
- Are you perhaps under the illusion that those around you want you to change? or that personal change will occur somewhat efficiently now that you are seriously motivated? now that you are practicing disciplines for “radical change at the core of your being?”
Jesus, grant me mature friends to help me recognize the illusions at work in my life.
For More: No Man Is An Island by Thomas Merton
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