At some point in our spiritual journey we need to pay special attention to the undoing of attitudes and behaviors which have emerged from habits of spiritual slavery. Slaves react; free people respond. Disciples of Jesus respond out of love. All spirituality is a facing up to moral faults which war against love.
Natural drives are necessary for normal living. All of us need them. The Capital Sins are natural drives which are distorted by selfishness. Sins come from giving in to distorted drives. When that happens self-will is in control and the result is moral ruin.
In dealing with moral faults it is better to let their correction be done in us by God, with our cooperation, than to try to lift ourselves by our own bootstraps. Even so it is essential that we know what these faults are. Hence comes the importance of a thorough examination of our life early in our journey into a new way of life.
Lord, show me what it is that stands in the way of my being your faithful friend, one who is no longer a slave but a spiritually mature human being. I want to see myself as I really am.