Time for a little reality check.
3...2...1… We’re not perfect. Groundbreaking, right?
Take a second to let that sink in…we are not perfect.
We need to remind ourselves of this fact — not so we can use it as an excuse or a crutch, but to open our eyes. There’s a lot in our lives that keeps us from God.
Self examination must be a part of the Christian life. Our path to sainthood requires that we are self-aware, meaning that we should humble ourselves to recognize and address our imperfections.
However, there can be some pitfalls to self-examination and the realization of our own imperfection. We beat ourselves up, we get down, we become discouraged. We think that we have ‘so far to go’ that it’s not worth the effort.
But, this is where we can always turn to the Saints who have gone before us. St. Francis De Sales instructs us, “We must not be disturbed at our imperfections, since for us perfection consists in fighting against them. How can we fight against them unless we see them, or overcome them unless we face them? Our victory does not consist in being unconscious of them but in not consenting to them, and not to consent to them is to be displeased with them.”
We must admit the dragon exists, call it into the open, then slay it.
This quote from St. Francis De Sales was a key inspiration for creating the Examination Journal — a tool for making self-examination a part of every day life. It’s based on the nightly examen, a powerful form of prayer taught by many saints. With the Examination Journal, you spend 5 minutes every evening reflecting on your day — writing down the blessings, the struggles, and everything in between and turning to God in thanksgiving, contrition, and supplication. The goal is that over time we grow in knowledge of self and knowledge of God working in our lives.
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