...is the witness some people give through their lives.
In my own life I know I
make many choices based on selfishness and pride that harm myself and
the people around me. I know what I ought to do but I don't always
choose it. Other times, in the midst of temptation I shock myself by
standing firm and not wavering from what I know is the better choice.
It's these moments that show me something more is happening within me.
This is even more clear in the lives of certain people. Mother Theresa
of Calcutta (now Blessed Theresa of Calcutta) is famous all around the
world because of her incredible ability to make the right choice; to
throw aside pride and selfishness and embrace what she felt was her true
calling. Francis of Assisi is extremely well known for his disregard
for all things pleasurable. Mahatma Gandhi is known in all places
because of his insistence on peace over violence; with amazing results.
Thomas Moore is renown for standing up to his good friend King Henry
VIII even to the point of death because Moore refused to violate his
conscience. Augustine of Hippo went from a pagan scoundrel filling
himself on every worldly pleasure to becoming one of the most prolific
and influential writers of all time. He died in 430 AD.
don't need to stop there but the point is made. Those glimpses of
goodness from beyond myself that I sometimes get are made manifest in
many, many people throughout history and they all have one thing in
common; the claim to other-worldly grace. It seems the more humble a
person is the more they claim a crazy phenomenon of receiving their
ability to be selfless from an external source. It seems that all a
person needs to do is embrace the decision to live a life of love and
the rest falls into place.
The fact that many people throughout
history have successfully lived by their conscience with considerable
success (though not perfection) and that each of us can see at least
traces (and hopefully even more than traces) of this outside influence
calling us to live differently in our lives is yet another reason (but
certainly not the only reason) that Catholics believe God has chosen to
intervene in our plight.