Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"Lose Yourself on the Cross" By: C.C.

"He will provide the way and the means, such as you could never have imagined. Leave it all to Him, let go of yourself, lose yourself on the Cross, and you will find yourself entirely." (St.Catherine of Siena)
    The idea of asking oneself "who am I?" acquires much more depth through seeking God. The question "who are you?" in regards to others also becomes much more insignificant and irrelevant. The reason for this is because in coming to know God we become aware of His majesty and our baseness, not in a manner of ill thought or self sabotage, but in a way that allows one to fully surrender even the idea of "self" to He who gives sense to the very nature of being an "I" to begin with. St. Catherine of Siena reminds us that losing ourselves on the Cross allows us to find our complete self. 
     It is beautiful to seek God and to lose self; becoming entirely full and whole seeking things beyond the tangible and an identity that can not be expressed with words. In reconciling ourselves to the idea that we are nothing, we can be most blessed to grow in relation to He who is everything. In knowing this, there is no longer anything more important than continually drawing nearer to God allowing Him to reveal Himself and His mystery; enabling one to become who He wills and to do what He most desires. 
    The question of "Who am I?" should naturally lead us to ask "Who is He that made me, and for what purpose?" In giving over ourselves to God we become most who we are called to be and reflect to the world the image and likeness of God in which we are created.
    The world poses us the question "Who are you?" and seeks answers for this by looking at what we have.  As a result, we are led to an identity struggle that pushes us toward material merit, more possessions,  more labels, and in turn smothers the soul by burdening us with stuff so that we are totally consumed by falsity and further out of touch with God. Until we recognize that the thirst we have is for God we are left perpetually parched.
      It is a continual work and sacrifice to serve our Lord. It is a constant battle between flesh and spirit but in constantly turning to our Lord and Blessed Mother we are most provided for. God desires our nothingness to make us everything through Him. May we come to  trust God in all things gladly losing ourselves to His loving providence-CC

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