Maturing self-knowledge

“Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what You want me to be – and becoming that person.” 

“Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity.”  –Little Flower

Lectio Divinia, advancing simple thoughts to the profound, the understanding of my perceived needs in contrast to Divine Will.  The things I think I need, self-esteem and the bolstering of interior lacking, oppose the acceptance and love God graciously extends.  God loves me exactly the way I am.  My imperfections, wanderings, and weaknesses only call forth distancing complications.  Oh Mary Undoer of Knots unravel the twisted complexities entangling my life.  Even in my most authentic approach to God there is a bothersome separation.  Even in the genuine acceptance of myself there is pain and wounds.  Even amidst the strengthening of an independent confident individuality there is a recoiling, diverting back into wrath and fear.  Even in my sincerest and humblest prayer there is such an awareness of estrangement.  Even in the acute perception of Your presence before the Eucharist there is confusion. Help me to comprehend I am not a mistake. Strengthen me Lord to continue the stripping down of myself, the embracing of the simplicity the Little Flower expounds upon.  It is not such a simple matter to attain such divine simplicity.


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