Most of you probably know that the deadly sins are pride, envy, anger, sloth, avarice, gluttony, and lust. This week's lesson was on pride, and Father Barron said that there are two components to pride - theological and psychological. The theological aspect of pride occurs when you turn yourself into God, and your ego becomes the center of the world, rather than God. The psychological aspect of pride means “self-regard,”which entails focusing on yourself.
All of this makes sense given the definitions of sin given in the Catechism:
“Sin is an offense against God: “Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in your sight.” Sin sets itself against God’s love for us and turns our hearts away from it. Like the first sin, it is disobedience, a revolt against God through the will to become “like gods,” knowing and determining good and evil. Sin is thus “love of oneself even to contempt of God.” In this proud self-exaltation, sin is diametrically opposed to the obedience of Jesus, which achieves our salvation."
I loved that Father Barron said that it is anything but boring to become a humble person. Humility means submitting yourself completely to God and his plan for your life. Mary was the ultimate example of humility because she accepted God's will for her life, even when it was something very difficult to do. You probably remember her saying, “behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38). Also, think about all of the great Catholics like Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa. The two of them were anything but boring! They were rooted in Christ and submitted to his will, and because of that, God was able to do amazing things through them to glorify himself and let his light shine to the world.
1. Purposely see others as better than yourself. If there is someone you are competing with or someone who got something you wanted, put yourself in the lower position.
2. Learn to love the little things in life. You will find authentic joy if you appreciate the small things.
Thomas and I were trying to brainstorm some other ways that we could work on our pride and we both agree that cultivating a heart of gratitude is also very important. When we constantly remember that everything good comes from our God it makes it a lot harder to focus on ourselves.
What are your tips for submitting to God's will, resisting pride, and cultivating humility?