“You’re as sick as your secrets” is a phrase that you may have heard in counseling or in the world of self-help. It is a powerful reminder that our interior lives are like icebergs – we are only aware of a fraction of the truth of ourselves, yet our decisions are largely dictated by the subconscious mass beneath the surface. The discipline of the spiritual life is the primary lever for bringing shame, fear, and general darkness into the light of a new day. Indeed, a regular prayer life, a schedule of worship, frequent spiritual direction, ascetic practices, sacramental confession, journaling, and working with a professional can all be helpful ways of getting in touch with and befriending our deep self. Such a risk transforms our so-called secrets into memories, learning experiences, times when we missed the mark, and wisdom to be shared with others. Spiritual sickness is gradually replaced by spiritual health as God comes to dwell again in that newly uncluttered place within. Let’s be disciples of Jesus who tell the truth with our lives. Let’s experience the freedom of returning to a state of childlike simplicity and authenticity. Let’s never confuse secrets for intimacy again. Ave Crux, Spes Unica.
Published by Brothers Phil and Ben
Phillip Smith and Benjamin Rossi are members of the Congregation of Holy Cross. They established The Voice of Moreau blog on September 15, 2018. View all posts by Brothers Phil and Ben