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Pride, Covetousness, Lust

 

Pride makes one admire himself, in the belief that his excellence, imagined or real, is the result of his own worth. Our Lord condemned pride in the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (1). Jesus said that the humble and repentant publican was justified in the eyes of God, while the proud Pharisee went home unjustified. Covetousness is one of the ugliest of sins. It was a sin of Judas. He loved money so much that he even betrayed Our Lord for thirty pieces of silver(2).

 

What is pride? –Pride is an inordinate love of one’s own excellence, an excessive self-esteem.

    Our Lord is the best example of meekness and patience. Did He use His almighty power to punish those who did Him evil? For hours He hung meekly on the cross, until He died. Every day God is patient with sinners, giving them time to change their ways. God, the Supreme One, is not proud.

     

  1. The proud man overestimates himself, and believes himself the source of his own excellence. The virtue of humility, which disposes us to acknowledge our limitations, is opposed to pride.

    Some are proud of their appearance; others of their family, talents, position, money, and the virtues they imagine, they possess. Even if we do have excellent abilities or possessions, we should not be proud of them, remembering that they all come from God. Instead, we should be humbly thankful, and see in what way we can make a return to God for such gifts. “Every proud man is an abomination to the Lord” (Prov. 16:5).

     

  2. Pride may be called the mother of all vices, for most sins can be traced to it. From pride arise ambition, vanity, presumption, disobedience, hypocrisy, obstinacy in sin.

    “For pride is the beginning of all sin: he that holdeth it shall be filled with maledictions and it shall ruin him in the end” (Ecclus. 10:15). “Never suffer pride to reign in thy mind or in thy words, for from it all perdition took its beginning” (Tob. 4:14). Pride was the sin of our First Parents, who wanted to be as great as God. It was the sin of King Pharaoh; he was so proud that in spite of the miracles Moses worked, he refused to be convinced. For this God “hardened his heart” (Exod. 9:12); that is, God permitted him to close the window of his soul against the grace of the Holy Ghost, “Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, the Lord has rejected thee” (1 Kings 15:26).

     

  3. The proud man tries to attract notice and praise, strives after honors, distinctions, and other worldly favors.

    He is over-confident in himself, and despises the assistance of God. Pride was the sin of Lucifer. The proud man pretends to be greater than he is, and tries by all manner of means to attract the praise of others, even using false humility to do so.

     

  4. God hates pride, and punishes it severely, He often punishes secret pride by withdrawing His assistance from the proud man. And deprived of God’s aid, the proud man often falls into grievous sins leading to his humiliation.

    “The beginning of the pride of man is to fall off from God” (Ecclus. 10:14). “God resists the proud” (1 Pet. 5:5). “Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled” (Luke 14:11). Thus the proud King Herod was eaten up by worms and died. Thus, the proud Roman Empire fell and became nothing. Our Lord pointed out the pride in the heart of the Pharisee, and praised the humble publican.

     

  5. If we, however, despise sin as beneath us, that is not pride, but a virtuous self respect.

    A decent regard for cleanliness and neatness is not vanity. The ambition to exceed in good things, as in studies, in order to make the best use of God’s gifts, is to be commended. God wishes us to be His excellent children.

    What is covetousness? –Covetousness is the excessive love for, and seeking after, wealth and other worldly possessions.

     

  1. Covetousness is also called avarice. A covetous person strives for more riches than he requires, and is never content, however much he already possesses.

    He greedily clings to what he has, and is stingy and hates to give anything away. For money Judas betrayed the Lord. “There is not a more wicked thing than to love money; for such a one setteth even his own soul to sale” (Ecclus. 10:10). “Take heed and guard yourselves from all covetousness, for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).

    We meet with covetous persons among both rich and poor. Often among the rich there is money without avarice, and among the poor, avarice without money.

     

  2. From covetousness arise hard-heartedness towards the poor, lying, cheating, usury, defrauding laborers of wages, and other sins.

    “Those who seek to become rich fall into temptation and a snare . . . For covetousness is the root of all evils” (1 Tim. 6:9-10). It destroys faith, for the avaricious are so absorbed in money-getting that they have no time for their spiritual welfare.

     

  3. To provide for one’s future and that of one’s family is praiseworthy. To avoid waste and extravagance is a virtue.

    To accumulate even considerable wealth, by proper means, is not wrong. The rich, however, must remember their obligation to use their wealth for the glory of God, not for their own pride.

     

  4. Liberality, which disposes us rightly to use worldly goods, is opposed to covetousness. 

    The avaricious man is very foolish. He works hard all his life and becomes hated by men: he earns besides eternal damnation after death and all for nothing. When he dies all he has are a few feet of earth for his grave; his money is left to heirs who most probably ridicule his miserliness or waste the money to gain which he lost his soul. “For when he shall die, he shall take nothing away; nor shall his glory descend with him” (Ps. 48:18).

    What is lust? –Lust is the inordinate seeking of the pleasures of the flesh.

     

  1. Lust defiles a man as no other sin does. It degrades man to the level of the beast. Pride is the sin commited by Lucifer, avarice by Judas, and lust by the brute.

    Of all vices, lust is most severely punished on earth. It leads to loss of health and reason. It was the cause of the Deluge. It was the cause for the destruction with fire and brimstone of Sodom and Gomorrha. “But immorality and every uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becomes saints” (Ephes. 5:3).

     

  2. Those tempted to lust should remember that man was made to the image and likeness of God. Will they so rashly destroy that image, to make themselves like to beasts? In fact, beasts are better than lustful men, for beasts act in that manner from instinct; they have no soul like God.

    Impurity weakens the will and darkens the understanding. For this reason amendment is very difficult, and the sinner falls into many other sins. So Solomon, who yielded to lust, finally lost all his wisdom and turned to worship false gods.

     

  3. From lust spring jealousy, hatred, murder, loss of faith, despair, instability, worldliness, selfishness, and other sins.

    The consequences of lust are seen in the case of Henry VIII. It was the cause of his apostasy, and his apostasy dragged an entire nation into similar apostasy. “For know this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean person, or covetous one (for that is idolatry) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Ephes. 5:5)

     

  4. Sodomy, or sins against purity by persons of the same sex, is a form of lust.

This article has been taken from “My Catholic Faith” I am not the author merely the distributor.
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7 Deadly Sins

“​Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no schisms among you; but that you be perfect in the same mind, and in the same judgment.1 Corinthians 1:10

We should not be satisfied merely to keep the commandments of God, but should always be ready to do good deeds, even when they are not commanded. The commandments of God state the minimum requirements for salvation. They should be kept not merely according to the letter, but also according to the spirit, which obliges us to strive for greater perfection.
Actual sin is any willful thought, desire, word, action or ommission forbidden by the law of God. 

All of these seven deadly sins, are the origins of every offense we commit before Our Creator. They become the obstacles and chief obsessions in our minds of what we want to focus on instead of what we should be focusing on.

Pride-Unrestrained appreciation of our own worth (opposite of Humility)

Greed-Immoderate desire for earthly goods (Opposite of Liberality or being poor in spirit)

Lust-Hankering for impure pleasures (opposite of Chastity)

Anger-Inordinate desire for revenge (opposite of Meekness)

Gluttony-Unrestrained use of food and drink (opposite of Temperance)

Envy-Sorrow over another’s good fortune (over Brotherly Love)

Sloth-Laxity in keeping the Faith and the practice of virtue (over Diligence)

Note:
The 7 Deadly Sins, also known as “The 7 Capital Sins,” are those sins that give rise to other sins. They were first enumerated by Pope St. Gregory the Great in “Moralia in Job.”

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Pride

“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.
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