The key to making true progress in the spiritual life is acknowledging that without God’s help, we won’t be able to improve ourselves at all. We are helpless without Him. All we can do is offer Him what we have, be receptive to His will, and wait for Him to do His work in us. Pride can lead us to think that we can build Rome in a day within our souls, that everything depends on our own plans. But ultimately, everything depends on God.