Habits and change [Car Wash]

Recently an old friend (John Rozycki) sent me this analogy:

I am convinced that our lives change when our habits change, and I have been convinced of the power of regular Reconciliation in my own life. So I would like to encourage you to make reconciliation a spiritual habit in your life.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a friend speak about it in relation to washing his car. He explained it in this way; if you wash your car every couple of weeks, you tend to take very good care of it. You don’t throw food around in it, and if you see a puddle of mud in the road you go around it. But after a few weeks without a wash, it gets messy on the inside and dirty on the outside, and you become less careful with it. You just throw another piece of trash in the back seat because there is already so much that you won’t notice the extra piece.

Your soul is the same. You go to Reconciliation and it becomes clean and sparkling. But after a few weeks, the little sins begin to pile up, and before you know it, a big sin doesn’t look so bad on top of a pile of small sins. And once you add the big one to the pile, you figure you’ve made a mess already so you might as well really make a mess. Little by little you begin to lose your sense of sin. Before you know it, you are very unhappy, and you don’t really know why. You begin to experience certain restlessness and an anxiety, but you don’t know what is causing it.

 — “Rediscovering Catholicism” by Matthew Kelly, p. 172

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