By Gerald G. May
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The nose drops gave her dramatic, almost instantaneous, relief. Within seconds, she could breathe freely again. Three hours later the effects wore off. She could feel her nose starting to run again; it even seemed a little worse than before. So she used another dropperful. Again the effect was dramatic, but it only lasted a couple of hours. The next time she used two dropperfuls. Again it worked, but only for an hour. Each time she used the drops, their effects wore off more quickly, and her nose was stuffier than ever.
He must always keep his mind either 44 / Addiction and Grace occupied or dulled, so that no clear space opens within which the conscious realization might occur. Moments of peaceful openness and self-reflection, which may have seemed so pleasant in the past, are now actively avoided. Prayer, meditation, and simple times of quiet relaxation are either discontinued or filled with activities that will occupy attention. ” I know my own daily practice of prayer and meditation is not easy. One reason is that this practice opens my awareness to things about myself that I would rather not be conscious of.
But even a brief honest examination quickly reveals the lie. All we need is to look at our actions; while claiming to be loving God, we are in fact living our addictions. These words not only seem harsh; they may also sound familiar. ” The theme is almost trite, because the problem is universal. Too often, sermons on idolatry simply leave people feeling guilty. It is true that we are responsible for our actions, and in that sense we are indeed guilty of being more concerned with our addictions than with love.