Thus says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33)
This passage has links to the ethics of natural law: people are born with a sense of right and wrong. For the vast majority of people, this passage holds true. And yet, we can know the good and choose otherwise – for a variety of reasons. These compulsions, addictions or whatever they are, blind us to the good – and prevent us from listening to our hearts.
And so we return to the importance of prayer and reflection. They are the opportunities to stop, listen to our heart, take stock of where we are headed. We can think we are carried along by the tide of life, neglecting to see the choices we have made – and the consequences of those choices. The cure to our problem is there – but it may not be easy.
Have a great week!