We’re so used nowadays to having constant instant gratification. We’ve lost the ability to look at the long term and delay gratification. It’s like we’ve developed blinders that stop up from seeing past what is directly in front of us in the here and now. Our entire culture has become about instantly gratifying whatever desire you have and catering to whatever our latest whim might be.
As Catholics we go against this every day. Though we are in this world and as prone to flights of fancy as anyone else we also look to something greater. We look to the future, to the day when we will one day be united with God in heaven. What we do is not just about the consequences in the here and now but how those actions affect the state of our soul. We look forward to an unknown day when we will go before the Lord and answer to Him.