The twilight struggle.
CourageMan weighs in with a powerful post about the spiritual struggle, leavened with insightful quotes from St. Josemaria Escriva. My favorite St. quote:
"A Christian is not a neurotic collector of good behaviour reports."
Here's a handy insight of mine into the male psyche, as I near 38 years sans umbilical cord:
Men are instinctive Pelagians. We don't want help, we don't need help.
I can solve this.
No big deal.
I can do this just fine, thank you.
I'm OK, really.
I'll manage: I always do.
If I wanted your damned "help" I'd ask you for it, now go away and leave me the Hell alone!
There's a stubborn pride in that, and it often serves me well. But in the wrong situation, it can be a killer. There's going to be a lifetime spent learning this. Moreover, I couldn't learn it at all without grace--no matter how hard I might try.