Thursday, June 30, 2016
Only God can transform our hearts and help us to not just do the right thing, but to do it for the right reason. He says we can't change our will... we can't adjust our temperament. And, to some extent, I think that's true.
I'm told by wiser and holier minds than mine that there are two ways that God performs this kind of "soul surgery", where He changes us from the inside out. One way is through suffering. The other way is through spending time with Him.
Personally, I don't like suffering. Whatever Mary Ruefle might say (in the quote above), suffering isn't fun. I would rather spend time with Him. So that's what I do. Not because I'm holier than anyone else. Believe me, I'm not. I'm a silly, selfish little sinner. But I know that He can make me a better man. And I know that spending time with Him (for me, that means daily mass, Eucharistic adoration, and my daily prayer walk because I'm a crazy Catholic. This might mean something else in your experience) will help me to become the person He wants me to be with less of that nasty suffering.
God, please help us to be more like You. What suffering comes our way, please use it for our good. And help us to spend more time with You, so we can be transformed.