[LEFT][FONT=arial][FONT=arial]Here is a good marker for your thoughts WhyMe. Something to ponder.[/FONT]
Humility is a supernatural virtue whereby one is enabled to make a true and just estimate of himself and is inclined to hold himself and his accomplishments in contempt in recognition that all good arises from God alone. It is said “dependence on God gives wings to prayer” St. Ignatius terms it a relinquishment of “self-will, self-love, and self-interests.” It is positive in not seeking honors and esteem of others, and self-condemning because man knows evil is his own doing. Humility is exercised toward God and neighbors: toward God who as the Creator gives man whatever he possesses, and toward one’s neighbors by recognizing their worth in the eye’s of God. This virtue is the opposite of pride and self pursuit, which is the root of all evil; hence humility is basic to the practice of all the virtues. It is fundamental of prayer, notably the prayer of simplicity, for Christ rewarded the Syro-phoenician women for her humility (Mk 7:26-30); it is likewise to be found in Christ’s example (Phil 2:1-11) [/LEFT]
WhyMe, There is but one fountain of life, this is God. You have to understand the difference between Creator and created. Death entered the world because those whom were created wanted to possess Godliness in their own right. The Tree in the middle of the garden is Christ, what the Son of Man possesses with the Father throughout all of eternity is given freely to His creation – humankind. We are given to share in what Christ has always had. God told us not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden. The devil, the one who became jealous of his own creator told mankind that it was ok to take from the tree, that God had lied to them. The fall, all of our sin and the reason we die is because we turned down the grace of God in the desire to be a god ourselves. But you cannot sever the chord that gives us life. We all have fallen for this through original sin and our own daily personal sin. We want to stand on our own merit. Jesus shows us we can’t do this without Him “God”. Through each one of our sins we play a part in the crucifixion. We have no room for a sincere and holy need for God so we push him out of our lives in pursuit of our own godhood. To be seen as good and loved by others. This without the one God at your side is sin. We as Catholics, some of us understand that anything good is all about Jesus. Again we get to share in His goodness, in His love. “share” not possess it or think we can. This is where you find true peace, this is when you start to move towards what the Catholic faith has at its Core. I would meditate of the fall the Holy Trinity and the Cross of Christ.