In economics, there’s a term called homo economicus. With different economic theories or models, it’s the assumption that human beings act rationally.
Now, it doesn’t take an economist to see – that’s not always true. We act irrationally all the time. Simple example – we’ve probably seen someone who spends money they don’t have on things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t care about. Nothing about that is rational.
In matters of faith, we see a similar phenomenon. So often, we know the faith, we’ve heard it, we understand it – but it doesn’t affect our actions. We assume that knowing the truth means that we will act in truth. But again, that’s not always the case.
Take sin. We know what sin is, we know we shouldn’t do it, but then we go ahead and sin anyway.
On the one hand, we must remember that we aren’t perfect. That’s okay. We have confession for that.
On the other hand, we must remember the difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge.
We might know what we’re supposed to do or say (head knowledge), but we don’t feel the joy of the Gospel in our soul (heart knowledge). We might know the proofs and arguments for the existence of God, but we haven’t experienced the love of God.
Now of course, the question is how? How can we move past head knowledge to heart knowledge?
To get started – show up with an open heart. Bring ourselves before God, and pray to be moved. As I once heard a priest say, “You can’t sit before the Blessed Sacrament, before our Lord and Savior, and not be changed.” Mass, adoration, confession – God is waiting to give us graces. Show up with open hands and an open heart.
Be the Men.