The moment of truth

There is a type of person who cannot find certitude and God: the person who is unaware that he is a sinner.  He admits social sin, but not individual.  There are complexes but not guilt.  If he admits to having done wrong, it was a mistake, not a sin, for sin is not part of his vocabulary.  He may admit to needing a therapist, but not a Saviour.  His wrongs are due to other people, his family, his associates, his society.

This type of person will sometimes openly assert that he does not need a God.  Money, crying angelfriends and pleasures are available in abundance: clothes and cars, dining and drinking, sex and drugs, sports and recreation, prestige and power.  Who needs more?  Who needs God?  Who needs salvation?  This person is uninterested in ideals like truth and goodness.  He does not see because he does not want to see.  And so he claims there is nothing to see.

One day this individual finds that he has been living in a world of fantasy.

It is the day when tragedy strikes.  It may be a death or the loss of money or power or prestige.  A friend may have betrayed him.  Or it may be that suddenly he is the victim of a brutal crime or he finds himself wasting away with a gnawing cancer.  

He may respond to the touch of grace and return like the prodigal, but he may also give way to despair if not suicide.  But in any case he now knows that he needs far more than power or prestige or sex or money.

This may be the moment of truth.  Hitting rock bottom can be powerful eye opener.  He may now see that indeed he is a sinner and that he drastically needs a Saviour.  The scales may have fallen from the eyes of his mind and he may be prepared to see objective evidence for the first time.

He may be ready to love and see.

13 Responses to “The moment of truth”

  1. 1 Pyralis August 7, 2009 at 12:18

    My old Greek grandmother always used to say that out of disaster comes opportunity!😉

  2. 2 Benedek August 7, 2009 at 12:36

    This post brings to mind Thomas Aquinas’s famous “logical” argument that “God, therefore, neither wills evil to be done, or wills it not to be done, but wills to permit evil to be done; and that is a good” (Summa Theologica).

    The incomprehensibility of suffering is part of the incomprehensibility of God.
    We must not be afraid to preach mystery. We do not have the power to end evil, suffering and death. But we do have the grace that comes from the paschal mystery which invites us to pick up the shattered pieces of our world and make something holy out of them.

  3. 3 anne bender August 7, 2009 at 13:09

    The picture of the angel shedding a tear really moves me. How can we be angels in this world, lovingly opening the eyes of those who fail or refuse to see and admit their sin and then rush to the arms of Jesus for forgiveness? How can we be drawn to open our own eyes wider to see our own sins more clearly so that we, too, can rush into the arms of Jesus asking for forgiveness for ourselves?

    Gabriella, this is a beautiful and thought-provoking post. Thank you so much!

  4. 4 Mary Nicewarner August 7, 2009 at 14:34

    Oh, Gabriella….I have met so many suffering people who refuse to open their eyes to the truth. I wish I could gently turn their heads to the cross and say, ” This is what you are searching for. This is LOVE.” And yet, it is true, many have to hit rock bottom before they will see. So many in our days give way to despair and I pray that the Lord will give them light.

  5. 5 Judy August 7, 2009 at 15:18

    So beautifully written and so absolutely true.
    Thank you for this post and thank you for joining my BENMAKESTEN blog Gabriella! I’m so happy to have you with us!

    How I wish to could grasp the Italian in some of your posts…I can only get a few words here and there. My family is Calabrese and yet the language was not adequately passed on to us…I love to SEE it though and try to make sense of the words I recognize:)

    Thanks again for the “food for thought” you have given us here today.

  6. 6 Linda August 7, 2009 at 15:56

    I pray for these souls each day. Most of them are my children who have strayed and are hurting. They are in my heart and I know God hears my prayers and sighs for them. I was praying exactly this morning at Adoration for all these children of God this morning for the grace they need to be open to those Divine Touches. I pray love into them.
    God Bless you,
    You have a wonderful blog!

  7. 7 Mihailov August 7, 2009 at 16:06

    My experience has taught me that life sometimes becomes a raging, stormy ocean of pain, grief and depression, dragging us into its dark and merciless depths. In the swirling confusion, we cling with sore, tired arms to a ragged plank of faith, a faith that whispers in our drowning ears that somehow God is there, somehow he knows and somehow he won’t leave us. It is all that gets us through, this flickering little flame of trust in an invisible God who promises deliverance and security and hope.
    When the storm finally ends and a bright sun warms the calm sea, we begin to see, maybe for the first time, the ways in which the gentle hand of a loving Father was holding us the whole time. But it is not easy. No one ever said it would be. That is, no one who knew what they were really talking about.
    And please, PLEASE, when the storm finally ends, don’t let this hand of a loving Father go back to being a ragged plank of faith. Like I did. When the bright sun shone again, I forgot my loving Father. And the storm was over me again.
    I am now holding tight to our Father’s hand thanks to Pope Benedict and the Mass of All Times. Please pray for me.

  8. 8 Brian August 7, 2009 at 16:39

    Yes Gabriella, sometimes we have to hit “rock bottom” before we see the Light. I taught CCD in my parish for many years. I used the analogy of the “glass of water.”

    We are all so full of bad stuff, jealousy, addiction, lost hope….. This is all water in the glass. We have to empty the glass, then we can replace the water with something else, something very good. And that is GOD. This takes work – beginning with prayer. This is conversion = “metanoia” We may have to leave the familiar behind. I would think for all of us it is very important to have a holy Spiritual Director. Someone who we can be open with, completely free to speak of our hidden self. Thngs we don’t even share with our spouse.
    We all have them, at least I do. The director will help you recognize your sin – then you can begin to rid yourself of it. Dying to oneself is not easy – it is not immediate – it is a process. It may take a lifetime -but that’s ok – perseverance. Our Lord loves perseverance – as long as the movement is towards Him.

    My director is a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, Fr. Groechel’s order. I am very blessed. I think religious directors are the best (my opinion.)

    *** for Judy > try Google language tools!

  9. 9 Kaede Sachi August 7, 2009 at 16:55

    Yes, I agree with Brian. Any person who seeks a deeper relationship with God and a strong expression of that relationship will benefit from being in spiritual direction.
    Mine is a Capuchin🙂
    Such a blessing they are when you go through hard times.

    Yes, I will pray for all of you.

  10. 10 Karin August 7, 2009 at 17:45

    I was one of those people who had the scales fall off her eyes about 7 years ago. Thank you for sharing this post and for stopping by my blog earlier.
    I’ve enjoyed my visit to your beautiful blog and plan to return.
    Thanks and God Bless!

  11. 11 Pablo August 7, 2009 at 23:37

    Dear Gabriella,

    Nice blog.

    The Angel is not weeping from sentimentality; he is weeping for the same reason Christ wept when He was entering Jerusalem, and at the tomb of Lazarus. He wept because man chooses sin.

    The Christians who pray for God’s grace to enter someone’s heart that they repent are spiritual jewels.

    I would like to link your blog to my website. Would you kindly give me permission to do so? My web girl is an Italian, and I am certain she will enjoy reading your blog.

    I will ask the Discalced Carmelites of Tepeyac Hill, and the Franciscan Minims to pray for you; God grant you courage, Faith, and fidelity to Him, that you may continue to hard work in the vineyard of the Divine Master.

    Del male non fare e paura non avere.

    May God our Lord in his infinite and supreme goodness be pleased to give us his abundant grace, that we may know his most holy will, and entirely fulfill it.

    Santa María de Guadalupe Esperanza nuestra, salva nuestra patria y conserva nuestra Fe.

  12. 12 Cinzia August 8, 2009 at 08:09

    Brian, Kaede and Mihailov – how wonderfully well you write! (in more ways than one).

    Kaede, please include me in your prayers … I really need ’em!

    And having read Bryan’s post, how I wish I too had such a wonderful spiritual director … where and how does one find one? (question from a complete ignoramus!)🙂

    All of you commenters are a great inspiration to me … all of you! Gabriella too of course, that goes without saying.

    Wishing you all a joyful Sunday.

  13. 13 Cinzia August 8, 2009 at 08:17

    Buenos Dias Pablo! That’s about all the Spanish I know, but I can understand some of it when I read it, and I love that language!

    Hope to keep reading more of your comments…. and more Spanish🙂

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