When I cling to God who is the Beloved and whom I love, I learn how to love, and I become more loving. However, my hurts and disappointments that have shaped me and taken away my innocence keep me from alignment. As I practice the virtue of fortitude, I’m given the grace to see the reality of who I am. I have the courage to go deep within and take off the blinders of how I perceive myself. I understand the dark and light sides of my being.
As I go deep to know myself, God shows me my motivations and drivers. He is constantly waiting to be invited into the space that needs attention, the places that need a voice to be heard in order to heal. This is where God increases, and I decrease. Where I am weak, He is strong. As C.S. Lewis says, “God does not love us because we are good, but God will make us good because he loves us.”
The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause.Catechism of the Catholic Church 1808
Thank You, Lord, for aligning me with Your goodness.