Monday, January 31, 2011

The Black and White Sin: Lies

LIES in Addiction

We lie in our daily lives if we regularly allow an ill-formed conscience to be mastered by sin.  These lies build in different forms, but all can thicken a wall between your soul and God.  Lying to others, lying to yourself and trying to lie to God are all ineffective for achieving gain or happiness in this life.

Before the gravity of a lie becomes apparent, it is often released.  Into the wind, it haunts the one who spoke it until it finds rest upon a guilty heart, covering like a blanketing mist the light that otherwise would bare all.

All lies that affect the soul, affect others as well.  This is harmful and dangerous for loved ones in our lives and therefore it is imperative that lying ceases.  Lies of omission, lies for thorough deceit, and lies that hide sin are harmful to the fragile grace that God provides for the human heart.  Lies are small deeds with large impact that break down the will and open your reasonable mind to believe untruths.

Lying to yourself is one of the first steps to falling into sinful addiction.  When you lie to yourself, you create in your mind a false righteousness or false entitlement that you are owed something in this life that will make you happy.  But if you have ever experienced and known that you have sinned, you may know that happiness is not found in earthly treasures.  The way beyond this falsity is a simple matter of calling upon God to help you by asking for 'knowledge of your sins.'

People try to hide from God even though their souls are blindingly bright within and seeking the love of God.  It is hard for someone who has chosen to live in sin to choose God because God is so forgiving and knows all truths.  The weakened mind and heart cannot always get past the lie of drug abuse, the lie that feelings of a high are the way, or the lie that hatred of others is the only way to survive.  But it only takes 'the faith of mustard seed.'

It is therefore, the Christians duty to pray and sacrifice for those who are most in need of prayer. 

St. Therese of Lisieux prayed for a man in jail when she was a young girl.  He had harmed others by his actions.  At the last moment, he chose to choose Jesus Christ before he was put to death for his crimes.  In the same way that Christ invites the thief on the cross to "be with Him in paradise this day", we are called to look upon those that live a lie in addiction and sin, and pray, if not witness, to the full truth that is the message of salvation in Jesus.

"St. Therese of the Child Jesus, look upon and pray for those who most need to see Our Lord Jesus in their lives right now.  Especially the men and women that wander the street and know no way back to God's grace.  Pray for me, that I might shine a small light where I go, so that they may know to seek Christ who saves and reveals all truth and love. Amen"