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Minute Meditations

Cleaning the Lens

Jun 16, 2021
hand holding a clear lens that amplifies a path, by Hernan Anzola. Minute Meditations.

I believe that all of us are born with the image of God stamped indelibly into the fibers of our being. Despite our personal flaws and the brokenness of our institutions, we all have divine wisdom and goodness inscribed on our hearts. We don’t acquire it from without as much as we uncover it from within. Unfortunately, though, our personal experiences and cultural messages tend to have us believe that our worthiness resides in something external, something we can cultivate, achieve, amass, or purchase. This is a lie, an illusion, which obscures the divine goodness that is the birthright of each one of us. We see through a glass dimly. An important part of spiritual practice, then, is “cleaning the lens”: letting go of the layers of illusion piled up by the ego, which helps us to rediscover the deepest truths of who we are, what the world is, and how we belong. 

— from the book Making Room: Soul-Deep Satisfaction through Simple Living
by Kyle Kramer

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Wed, 06/16/2021 - 07:49 AM
I agree that every human being is made in the image of God. I agree that our lives do not consist of the possessions we have acquired. But I believe that our accomplishments are an important part of who we are. God has given each of us certain gifts, talents & opportunities, some as part of His image in us, some through the sacraments & the gifts of the Holy Spirit, & some through the influence of parents, teachers, & others who help encourage & cultivate our gifts. We are affected in various ways by the circumstances of our lives that are sometimes beyond our control that can either help or hinder our ability to use certain gifts vs others. For example, caregiving responsibilities can provide the opportunity to cultivate gifts we never knew we had & to demonstrate sacrificial love, while hindering us from fully utilizing certain gifts we intended to use, at least for a season of our lives. St. Paul writes that we must render an account to the LORD for the deeds done in the body. I have always envisioned that Our LORD, like the Master in the Parable of the Talents, will ask us at the Particular Judgment "What did you do with what I gave you?" Or we will see a kind of video of our lives that will answer that key question.
Sat, 06/19/2021 - 07:38 AM
He asks, "What did you do with what I gave you ?"

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