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Seeing ourselves in truth

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The aims of the natural drives and the Capital Sins are: self-esteem and good reputation vs. pride; a sense of justice vs. resentful anger; a fair share with others vs. envy; possessing what we need vs. covetousness; wholesome love vs. lust; creature necessities and some comforts vs. gluttony; a balance of labor and rest vs. sloth.

Professional therapy generally focuses on inadequate coping mechanisms especially in our relationships and faulty life-style. Professional therapy may be needed by people whose faults are symptoms of an illness. The moral inventory focuses on spiritual renewal and such values as honesty, humility, concern for others, and in general, whatever pertains to personal integrity. The purpose of the inventory is not to make us sad. Assets ought to be noted alongside liabilities. The idea is to get a good, clear idea of our moral selves so that we know what we have in stock for our journey.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, when I look at myself help me avoid self-justification. Keep me from blaming others or exaggerating either my vices or virtues. Enable me to see myself in truth.


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