Spiritual pride, many suffer from it AND they don’t even realize how their spiritual pride is affecting others. By the way, pride is a deadly sin…
When one says things like Salvation won’t come to you because you do this and that… then this person is putting themselves on a pedestal, they are making themselves better than the other person. Remember, when you’re pointing the finger at someone three other fingers are point your direction.
You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all. St. Therese of Lisieux
Actually, someone once said this to me I will keep on bullying as long as I can convert others. In my opinion there is much pride in that statement. Bullying is never right and everyone in their right mind should agree with that. Bullying means taking advantage of someone. Is taking advantage of someone ever a good thing? NO! Never! A bully tries to show others that they are the boss and that they are better than everyone else, they belittle others.
There’s a lot of I in that statement. It’s all about me!
…until I can convert other. Who converts who? Doesn’t conversion come from God? Isn’t conversion a choice that has to come from within? We can help bring conversion but we can’t convert someone. Sounds like this person was trying to take credit for God’s work.
I hope and pray that the person who said that doesn’t actually live it out. I hope it was a misunderstanding of the word bullying and that by converting they meant conversion by the grace of God.
I can be honest and say that I have definitely suffered from spiritual pride and still occasionally suffer from it but I’m catching myself now and it’s a humbling experience.
It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance. St Jerome
When we don’t know we’re suffering from this spiritual pride then we become ignorant. We stop thinking about others but rather concentrate on the next spiritual thing that will make me look good. Spiritual pride isn’t about a complete surrender to God but it’s about the outside look. Does it look like I surrendered? What’s the least I can do to make it look like I’m a good person?
Another way spiritual pride is expressed is when there’s a debate about religion. One with spiritual pride will do everything to look good, to look like they know what they’re talking and yet most of the time they are just digging themselves a hole, it keeps going deeper and deeper until what they are saying has nothing to do with the original topic and insults (or implied insults) get thrown around.
Spiritual pride is also seen in the bible as well, just look at the Pharisees, they thought they were the best followers, better than Jews. Jesus replied to this with the parable of the Pharisee and the publican who went up to the temple to pray (Luke 8:9-14)
So what can we do to battle our spiritual pride?
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. St. Augustine
Pray! Actually prayer! Not just saying Oh yes I’ll pray for you and not do it. When you say you’ll pray for someone you have to actually do it!
Humility, that’s a tough one for me. Accept that I might be wrong and take it as an opportunity to learn and to grow in faith. We learn from our mistakes and we journey with the help of others.
Joy, people who are more joyful tend to have a better perspective of who they are as a person. If I had a clone, would I want to hang out with my clone? I’ve heard so many people answer no to that question. What can I do so that I would want to hang out with my clone?
If this is the way You treat Your friends, no wonder You have so few! St. Teresa of Avila
Be a good friend by listening but also sharing. We learn a lot from our friends as they have a genuine desire to lead you to heaven. If they say something like I feel like crap when you keep pointing the finger at me when.. actually listen to them and don’t just brush it off. If they approach you it means that they like you as a person but know that you can always improve.
And that is so true, we are called to always become the best version of ourselves. If I stop growing as a person then I’m closing up on myself and don’t permit myself to accept new things.
In that little Host is the solution to all the problems of the world. St John Paul II
Receive the sacraments as often as possible. Reception of the sacraments is just as important as the air we breathe. But don’t just receive them as a show but actually understand what they mean.
Baptism, the reception of the Holy Spirit.
Reconciliation, forgiveness of our sins. To be received as often as needed
Confirmation, the completion of baptism, our send out to spread the good news.
Eucharist, receiving the Eucharist and His grace. The Eucharist can be received daily.
Holy Orders/Matrimony, making vows, a promise to God.
Anointing of the sick, strengthening of the Holy Spirit against various illness (physical, mental, spiritual). This isn’t just for the dying but also for the struggling.
I hope this hasn’t turned out to be a rant but these are thoughts that’s have been hanging around so I figured I would write them down.
A little food for thought, mmm food. Fatten up your soul with spiritual food but don’t forget to share this food with others.
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