"Ask the Holy Spirit to shed light on your conscience, so that you may better see the sins you might have otherwise missed."
Okay, are you like me?
(Then, for Heaven's sake, DO something about this to correct it...and quickly!)
Where was I? Oh yes...about dimmer switches.
Dimmer switches are exceedingly cool inventions.
Say, for example, you go into your kitchen, and you realize -- yikes! -- there's some cleaning up to be done around here!
A dimmer switch lets you blithely lower the lights in the kitchen, and — voila! — those crumbs on the counter? Gone! (Or, at least, you can't see them anymore and may virtuously go back to that book you were reading.)
'Course a dimmer switch switches both ways.
Say you want to clean that kitchen. Well, you'd better be able to see those crumbs and such, so all you have to do is to turn the switch the other way. Light up that kitchen! Holy bleep, not only crumbs, do you see, but, among other things? That stain on the floor (to say nothing of that gunk on the oven range.)
Every single piece o' dirt is suddenly glaring at you, pleading at you, saying "for Heaven's sake, DO something about this!
That's how the Holy Spirit works when you "turn Him up."
You're examining your conscience, right, and you see the big lumps o' dirt. Fine. But crank up that Holy Spirit light switch, and you suddenly see dust, like, for example:
- that jerk you muttered at when he cut you off in traffic the other day
- that cashier you rolled your eyes at when she made a mistake in the checkout line
- that rather sarcastic comment you made to your spouse yesterday
- that juicy piece o' gossip you...just happened to pass along
- the fact that, while examining your conscience, you're still identifying the guy who cut you off as a "jerk"
And so on and so on and guess what?
The brighter the light, the clearer the dust in your soul, the easier it is to clean it up!
And the better your confession will be.
Ask the Holy Spirit to light up your mind and soul...the better you see the gunk? The easier to get rid of it!
May God continue to bless you!