I stated in my post that being very gifted and talented can actually be one of the heaviest and most dangerous of crosses that anyone can bear. Talented and accomplished people must always be on guard against trusting in themselves in place of God. When we begin to trust in ourselves, we are starting on the same path that took Lucifer from the heights of heaven to the depths of hell.
In my post, I stated that during my years as a Catholic traditionalist, I met many talented and successful people. It is only natural that these people, who are truly often "smarter" and more "accomplished" (as the world defines those terms) than the average person, tend to trust in their own opinions and views. Thus, if they feel something is right or wrong, nothing and no one else - not a priest, bishop or pope - can convince them otherwise, As a result, many traditionalists are becoming more and more separated from the Church.
Among those I was privileged to meet during my years as a traditionalist was Father George Rutler. Father Rutler is truly one of the most accomplished, talented and intelligent people I have ever had the honor to meet. He has written many books. He is one of the most popular speakers in the Catholic Church, having appeared many times on EWTN. He has many degrees, including a Master of Studies degree from Oxford. He is even musically gifted. These are just a few of his talents and gifts. He has also known many famous people in his lifetime. When I was in his office, I saw a picture of him with both George Bush I and George Bush II, as well as a picture of him with Blessed Mother Teresa.
|Father George Rutler|
In other words, Father Rutler carries a very heavy cross.