I have never liked mornings. I do not like to have to get up early (as my mother can attest). I can have the best of intentions and motivations about what the next morning will mean, but at the time morning actually comes, I am weak. This has been a particular challenge in religious life, because things start early. But my feeling about mornings, and my reactions to it, help me to understand better what Saint Paul says about moral and spiritual choices.
Saint Paul tells us that he sees the good but does the bad. Now, he wants to do the good, but there are times when the bad seems good and so he sins. The spiritual life can expose fickleness. Just like Saint Paul, we can see the good and do the bad. The only help we can find is the help that comes from grace. Only with God’s grace, and our full cooperation with it can we both see the good and do it.