THE CHRIST PRINCIPLE: I am the sum of my life choices and how I learned from them.

The Christ Principle is the center of all reality, the purpose for why all of us are.

I am not you, you are not me; God is not you, and you, most certainly, are not God. –Michael F. Conrad

There is one Christ Principle while each human relates to his energy with the sum of who they are (good and bad).

I don’t worry that I am not like Bishop Barron. I could never be even close to his gifts and talents. Why is that?

I don’t worry that I am not like Dr. Scott Hahn. I am not on that level of spirituality.

I don’t worry that I am not in the same world as Pope Francis in his view of reality. How could I be?

I don’t worry that I am not like Jesus, Son of God, Savior. I am not close to being what Jesus taught. I try to convert myself each day to “have in me the mind of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)

I don’t worry that I am not the personal mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit. How could I be?

I don’t worry that I must choose to be myself and move from false self to true self as an act of free will.

I am the only one in the history of humanity that lives these seventy or eighty years with my unique choices to love others as Christ loves us.

Like the Old Testament, my life on earth is a dress rehearsal to be with Christ for all eternity.

Like everyone who ever lived (except for Jesus and for Mary, His Mother), I need daily conversion as I seek God each day with who I am and where I am.

Like everyone who is Baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I need Eucharist and Repentance to make me new each day. My prayer disposition is one of being a penitential person who seeks God’s mercy in my Lay Cistercian prayers and charisms.

Praise be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever. The God who is, who was, and who comes at the end of the ages. Amen. –Cistercian doxology.

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