Monday, September 21, 2015

The Illness

Since Adam and Eve, all human beings have suffered from the
illness I call “ego.” We tend to see every option in our path using the
pronoun, “I.” Whether it is when to attend Church, how to spend our money, what
to eat, even how to interpret the Holy Scriptures, we invoke our God-given
freedom to swear off any influence from anyone over our decisions. So when
Jesus invites us to follow Him with the challenge, “Deny himself, take up his
cross, and follow Me,” it should make us think twice about the illness we call “ego.”
The Church’s way of life of reading and interpreting the Holy Scriptures,
prayer, fasting, attending Church services, house blessings, caring for the
poor, and Confession, are meant to cure the illness of the “ego” so that we can
follow Jesus into heaven.

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