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We Must Develop a Habit of Prayer
“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey---whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? To whom, or to what do we tend to offer ourselves as “obedient slaves”? This is a question that each one of us must answer for ourselves. This is why we are called to be self-reflective in the light of our relationship to God. We must be committed to recognizing how our thoughts, words, and deeds reveal our habits of vice, or our habits of virtue. How can we develop this habit of self-reflection? First, we must develop a habit of prayer. In this we develop a deeper relationship with Jesus, who is our generous guide in all things good, true, and beautiful. If we develop this relationship in humility, always looking to Jesus as our example, he will guide us in our growing awareness of ourselves. The first, humble recognition of a disciple of Jesus is that one is a sinner in great need of his love and his mercy. It is to know that Jesus came into the world because or our sins, yes, ours in particular. What then are my sins? Am I a slave to pride? Am I boastful? Am I in the habit of judging and condemning others, yet never see my own failings, never recognize myself as the possible problem? Do I set myself above others, tearing them down with my words? Am I prejudiced in any way? These are the habits of pride, or rather, false pride. Am I guilty of thinking that, “it’s all about me?” Do I cause others harm if they, in some way, don’t treat me appropriately, that is, in my own…