What is one of the biggest problems in your life and in mine?
We don’t treat other people as we should. We treat them as objects of our lust, workers to fulfill our wishes, servants to obey our commands.
Our relationship problems, our marriage problems, our family problems, our work problems, our neighborhood problems, our parish problem are all because we don’t treat others with the respect, honor, love and courtesy they deserve.
Why is this? Because we do not see their intrinsic and eternal dignity. We do not see their true worth. We do not see their infinite majesty as sons and daughters of the king of kings. Each one is an everlasting diamond, but we treat them like toilet paper.
I have a theory.
I think it is because we do not, first of all, see our own true value and eternal worth. We do not really see ourselves as radiant sons and daughters of the king of kings, so we naturally cannot see others for who they truly are.
We look in the mirror and we see a wretch, a failure, a loser pretending to be a winner. We blame ourselves, we tell ourselves how unworthy and terrible we are. Why? Because someone who was important somewhere along the line told us that. Maybe it was a preacher who said, “We are all sinners and there is no good in us. We are dung and dirt. We are mess and filth.” Right. So I believed him and have therefore always seen myself as a turd and so if I am that bad, then everybody else must be too.
But there is more to it. Continue Reading