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Why do we run from God, instead of toward Him?

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We are all well acquainted with evil.

We harbor evil thoughts, even if we don't admit them. We do 'little' evils while no one is around to see them. Our evil thoughts and actions manifest in an evil society. We thoroughly understand the suffering which comes from evil, suffering we paradoxically undergo, willingly, in order to continue with our favorite evil.

Simultaneously, we have been blessed with goodness.

We conceive good thoughts through faith and hope. We do little 'goods' while nobody is around to see them. Our good thoughts and actions manifest in whatever is good, true, and beautiful in society. We understand, generally speaking, the joy which comes from doing, thinking, and being good.

So, why do we run from God--the Source of all Goodness--instead of toward Him?

"Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world makes himself an enemy of God." James 4:1-10

We cannot run forward and backward at the same time. Likewise, we cannot love good and evil simultaneously. Actually, loving 'good' is Love. Loving evil, however, is far from Love. But the important point here is that we can run from God--we can choose to be God's enemy--but God never runs from us, and most importantly, God NEVER makes us His enemy!

As the old saying goes: 'God is good, all the time.' As Scripture attests: 'God is Love.' Therefore, we must choose to do the same. Every day!

"And I say, 'Had I but wings like a dove, I would fly away and be at rest. Far away I would flee; I would lodge in the wilderness...In the city I see violence and strife, day and night they prowl about upon its walls." Psalm 55:7-11, 23

So, we see the 'violence and strife' in our cities. And, through seven sacraments, especially in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to find 'wings like a dove,' able to 'fly away and be at rest.' Yet, the city still burns in the fires of sin--in the culture of death, in a rampant promiscuity, in an enslaving secularism and progressivism--and we toast marshmallows by the fire.

The direction we run, therefore, is of our own free will.

"'If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.' Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, 'Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.'” Mark 9:30-37

We run from God because to become big in God we must first become small. None of us likes being small. Reflected in this is our societies angst at facing responsibility for the smallest of us in the unborn. Proud humans hate weakness. That is why the unborn are sacrificed to the demons to hide our human frailty. Responsibility toward the unborn, to the justly born babe in our arms, makes us smaller to our selfish desires. 'This must be killed!', the proud pronounces. Abortion is the devil's killing of the smallness God desires in us.

The smallness which opens its arms, freely, on the Cross, bearing the accusation of a criminal, while being without a hint of sin.

This kind of smallness takes great courage.

Therefore, a lack of courage makes us run the other way!