Our words and actions have their origin in our thoughts.
What we think and believe forms our life.
If we can control and decide our thoughts, we have control
of our lives.
Before we have a feeling or a reaction, we have a thought,
even if the thought is so quick that it has not been registered
by our awareness, it did take place.
Imagine what could manifest itself if we change our thinking,
because what we think is what we believe.
This approach is used by psychologists who practices cognitive
behavioral therapy in treating problematic behaviour in their
patients which arises out of thoughts and beliefs about oneself.
But when we Catholics confess our sins at the start of every
Mass, we say:
"I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and
in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do;
and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and
you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God"
it is in order to eliminate from our minds everything that impedes
us from living with God, through God and in God.
Because the limits created by our petty and selfish thoughts,
Contrary to us, God is without limit, infinite, He is all Powerful;
He can do all things, but He can only act in us if we let go of ourselves,
change our way, change our thinking.
It is we that stands in the way.
That is why we have to get out of the way.