“And I will break the pride of your stubbornness, and I will make to you the heaven above as iron, and the earth as brass:” Leviticus 26:29
Pride blinds us to EVERYTHING. We have impossible expectations of everyone and everything to serve our needs. When these are not met we burst into fits of anger or other extreme emotions out of self will run riot. If we are not in control of our own emotions what an illusion that we think we can control anyone or anything else? It is pride that put the devil in Hell. It is pride that condemned Our Lord to die on the cross. It is pride that sprouted all these different Protestant religions along with private interpretation of Scripture, that takes them off the path that Christ has shown us to follow and that was reiterated by countless saints and martyrs.
To think we are something when truly we were made from nothing. Pride gives fuel to every other sin, believing we are entitled to so offend God. Like a weed in your garden that starts as a seed. It grows first in vanity of one’s self. It then leads to selfishness, and finally the worst of the forms of pride, arrogance. It chokes out the delicate flowers of virtue that ever need our attention in being cultivated and watered. It grows up to attack these virtues no matter how hard we try and the world puts miracle grow on these weeds.
Pride is defined as excessive self-love and is committed in a number of ways with three main forms, vanity (or vainglory), selfishness, and arrogance.
Vanity – this is the lowest form of pride, and consists of paying extra attention to yourself. Along with this is the expectation that others should pay the same amount of attention to you. It is right and proper for people to look good and well kept respectably, but too much looking in the mirror and focus on one’s self means you are pleased with yourself in such a way you believe others should be too.
This is made manifest by boasting of one’s self. Exaggerated conversation as to make what you speak sound more important. Praising your children as to extol your feelings of pride through them. All of these are subtle ways in which individuals express pride. Drawing attention to yourself.
Human respect is defined as the acceptance of sinful living in order to draw or maintain acceptance of other humans over Gods. Early English Protestants lived in such a way as to earn the attention of their king. As well stubbornness engenders discord.
Selfishness- when one seeks their own needs excessively. We have too great a desire and attention to fulfilling our own needs then to think about God or others. This is manifested by us in excessive interest and pursuit of pleasures. Excessive material things lead to an inability to make sacrifice. This inability destroys marriages and religous vocations.
Selfishness destroys marriages because one or both parties are unwilling to do anything outside of pleasing themselves to preserve the blessed union of matrimony before God. They are blinded by pride into lust, gluttony, anger and all the others. People do not choose religous vocations because it is not a “lucrative market”, it doesnt appeal to the senses like pleasure and money do.
Your duties in life become abandoned for ease out of laziness. There is an arising of anger and strong passions. One does not care if people’s lives are miserable, as long as this person can lash out and throw their fit like a child when they don’t get their way. This selfishness leads to cold-hearts and a general lack of compassion.
Arrogance – this is the worst kind of pride and inclines rebellion of the intellect and disrespect. We believe we are not even subject to reality. The errors of subjectavisim and relativism take hold to the point the mind cannot discern between what is real and obviously true anymore.
Rejection of standard norms of reality, today anything goes. Society embraces heresy and is in acceptance of everything. This is one of the worst sins you can commit before God. It is just under hatred of God and is the spirit of the devil. Contempt for authority and humility. Love of self to the hatred of God as He becomes an obstacle to us and eventually obtains hatred from us. As the devil hates Him, us, and everything, in such ways.
The first question of Catholic Catechism is why God made us. The Catholic answer would be to know, love, and serve Him in this world to be happy with Him in Heaven. The answer the world gives us is to obtain as much human respect, money, and impure pleasure, to die and go to Hell forever. Heroes of human ages are heretics to the truth, they are held with such great esteem. Godless, and liberalized in their thinking of what is owed to them. We were created out of nothing, and it is God that maintains our existence, not us.
God Bless BJS!!