by Fr. Robert DeGrandis, on the
charismatic gift of 'knowing' -- of receiving direct wisdom and knowledge
from Heaven, especially in healing but also in music, in discernment, in
finding lost things, in Scripture and everyday life!
CAST OUT HOW WORLD VIEWS YOU AND STEP AWAY FROM THE FALSE 'SELF' THAT CAN DELAY HEAVEN
Only with humility do we receive gifts. If we are full of pride, there is no room. Gifts bounce off of us. It is like oil. It is unction. It doesn't go with the Living Waters. On the other hand, humility attracts goodness. God resists the proud.
As a result, there are many times we don't see and we don't receive what God has in store for us. Call them "unclaimed blessings." We're confused. We "feel" that we deserve something. Yet, it doesn't arrive; we're frustrated.
When stymied our first reaction should be to look inwardly during prayer and ask the Holy Spirit not only if our request is God's Will but also to illuminate those hidden corners where pride grows like a fungus. If we have hidden pride, it is a block.
Why can't I break through to a relationship? Why can't I break through to holiness? Why am I not successful?
The removal of pride often results in the solution to a problem.
We can then "claim" our blessings.
There are often many of them!
In His design for your life God has ordained both challenges and delights -- times of struggle, yes; tests; but also plenty of times -- maybe more than any struggles -- in which everything seems to flow in the right direction.
Pride is the great stumbling block. It alters that. It's a dam that changes the course of a river -- or simply holds the Living Waters back. It is a 'log" in our spirits (or a bunch of them). It degrades the blessings.
We find ourselves trying to walk -- tipsy -- across a logjam.
To shed pride is often to shed your "false self."
What is your false self?
It is the role you play on earth. It is your duty. It is your "accomplishments." It is your education. It is everything, in short, that you may be "proud" of. During life, we don "layers." We may put on one layer for where we work, another for our social lives, another for the company of certain relatives or friends; also masks. Life is often like a play. Think upon the roles into which you are cast.
In purgatory, falsity is burned away.
Our role is to praise God. We must purify before entering purity.
That's not to say there isn't good in the things that define us on earth -- there can be very much good! It is to say that we often view ourselves solely through the lens of the world instead of how God will see us when we are in an eternal place where there worldly accomplishments (especially if done for selfish reasons) are valueless (and darken the spirit). Pride and lack of love hold us back more than anything else from the joy of direct entry into Heaven!
Seek that direct entry.
You can do it.
Your life is a role on stage and you will see it all replayed in your life review.
So treat each and every action is life as if you will see it again (for you will).
As someone said recently, forsake engaging in disputes; what someone does to you is between them and God, and the way you respond is also between you and Him. Do not concern yourself with being right or wrong. Concern yourself with being loving.
Let Him take care of it.
Consider everyone equal. Don't contort your self perspective. Contemplate your self-perception. Seek balance. The ego makes you see yourself as in a carnival mirror (distorted -- either too big or too small or disjointed). When you look in the mirror, see a servant. Correct, when necessary, but with kindness.
If you're a millionaire or a doctor or a writer or a senator and were suddenly to lose all that, you should not feel any differently about your self. For your real "self" should be in the designs of the Father which never change and which greet us in purity upon entrance into purgatory or Heaven.
[resources: The God of Miracles]
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