May I Walk With You?

October 15, 2019

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at or by calling (989) 386-8166


The ancient Greeks (Plato) described the human person in this way. Imagine the horses and chariot and charioteer. The charioteer rides on the chariot and holds a two-horse team in his reigns. One horse is a good, friendly horse and the other is an impulsive, bad horse who always want to go his own way. The job of the charioteer is to get them to work together so that he can get a good ride. For the Greeks, the good and bad horse were two parts of the same human person. The ancient Oriental people used the Yin and Yang symbol to show the light and dark side of humans. In Genesis, we have the story of Cain and Able to reveal the two sides of humans. The good side and the sinful side. Even in the New Testament we see two men crucified with Jesus, the good thief and the bad thief. From the very beginning of human history, the human being has had a bright and dark side.

The Judeo-Christian tradition has always recognized that men and women are good, but that we have a sinful part of us that must be dealt with. Yet in our modern world it is getting more difficult to identify sin and to combat our sinful natures. Friedrich Nietzsche even went on to say that sin was no more than a Jewish construct to keep people in line. So much for the guy who said that whatever doesn’t kill you will make you stronger! It seems as though, even the word “sin” has been scrubbed from our vocabulary.

It is refreshing to know that I am a good person who sometimes sins, not always. Yet, I have a side of me, the sinful side, that wants to do its own thing, have its own way, do the wrong thing. Like Paul, I don’t always do the things I should and even do some of the things that I shouldn’t. While the battle between good and evil is being fought in the external world, the battle I am most concerned with is my internal struggle with evil. This I know. That by myself I cannot conquer my sinful nature. I don’t have to. I have been gifted by the Holy Spirit, the third person the Trinity from whom I receive the grace to become a better person.

What about you? I invite you to call on the Holy Spirit for the grace and strength to continue the struggle with sin. “Come, Holy Spirit. Pour out your spirit into our hearts and renew the face of the earth!”

“May God bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”

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