Father Michael explains the dangers of the sin of Pride and gives some tips on how to overcome this sin and win inner peace.
by Fr. Michael Sliney, LC | Source: Catholic.net
This week's topic will be the sin of pride.
Definition: “An inordinate love of one’s own excellence, either of body or mind or the unlawful pleasure we derive from thinking we have no superiors.” (The Seven Capital Sins, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, p. 37)
A Winning Strategy for Inner Peace and Authenticity:
1. Sacraments and Prayer
- Lots of Eucharist and regular Confession (at least once a month): you cannot conquer these powerful passions without the help of God’s grace.
- Pray a Decade of the rosary every day for a greater humility. The Blessed Mother is the Queen of Humility and a powerful intercessor for us with Christ.
2. We are creatures, made by God for the Glory of God:
-“What have you got that was not given to you? And if it was given to you, why are you boasting as if it were your own?” (1 Cor.4: 7)
3. The humble example of Christ
-“You call me Master and Lord, and rightly so, I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you might copy what I have done to you.” (JN 13: 12)
4. If you have been given more, God will expect more: so do not consider yourself superior to others, for the bar will be higher for you in the eyes of God.
-“When someone is given a great deal, a great deal will be demanded of that person; when someone is entrusted with a great deal, of that person even more will be expected.” (Lk. 12 48)
5. Recognize that God’s grace preceeds and drives all of our good works:
“The merit of man before God in the Christian life arises from the fact that God has freely chosen to associate man with the work of his grace. The fatherly action of God is first on his own initiative, and then follows man's free acting through his collaboration, so that the merit of good works is to be attributed in the first place to the grace of God, then to the faithful. Man's merit, moreover, itself is due to God, for his good actions proceed in Christ, from the predispositions and assistance given by the Holy Spirit.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2008)
6. Learn to say “thank you” and “I am sorry” from the heart and often, especially to those whom you love!!
7. LISTEN with love, attention and empathy:
People can tell if you are merely “enduring” them or truly loving them.
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