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Humility is Hard – A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility

April 26, 2018 7 Comments
Humility is Hard – A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility

Pride is our most pervasive and serious sin. Humility is its antidote and the foundation of our spiritual life, and as the remedy to our most deep-seated pathology, it must be strong medicine. Humility is hard to swallow and has a lot of things it needs to work on. I. The Foundation of Humility – […]

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The Twelve Steps of Pride

March 12, 2018 4 Comments
The Twelve Steps of Pride

If you think the idea of “Twelve Steps” is new, go back and see how the Greeks put it, or in this case how the medieval Latins put it. St. Bernard of Clairvaux identified twelve steps up the mountain of pride in his 12th century work The Steps of Humility and Pride. In today’s post, […]

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The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

February 21, 2018 2 Comments
The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

Pride is a sin that is so pervasive, runs so deep within us, that we often don’t even sense it is there. Not only is it a sinful drive in itself, it also plays a role in every other sin we commit. Pride is the sin we most share with Satan and the fallen angels. […]

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The Need for Two Pockets

January 28, 2018 3 Comments
The Need for Two Pockets

Like so many things in life, self-esteem needs to be balanced. The balance is between humility and pride. The following is attributed to Rabbi Simcha Bunim, one of the leaders of Hasidic Judaism in Poland in the late 1700s and early 1800s: Everyone must have two pockets so that he can reach into one or […]

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Pondering Pride, the Most Perilous of All Sins

November 18, 2015 4 Comments
Pondering Pride, the Most Perilous of All Sins

Pride is a sin that is so pervasive, and that runs so deep within us, we often don’t even sense it is there. Not only is it is a sinful drive in itself, it also plays a role in every other sin we commit. It is the sin we most share with Satan and all […]

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Let’s Pretend We Know What We’re Talking About – As Seen in a Commercial

October 23, 2015 2 Comments
Let’s Pretend We Know What We’re Talking About – As Seen in a Commercial

In life we don’t always have answers. There are just times when the best answer is, “I don’t know.” This is especially the case with the deeper mysteries of life such as the problem of evil, the “why” of suffering, and the reason why things sometimes don’t make sense. As a younger priest I felt […]

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A remedy for Pride based on something Jesus told St. Catherine of Siena

September 1, 2013 43 Comments
A remedy for Pride based on something Jesus told St. Catherine of Siena

We live in times collectively marked by pride. And, while pride is a problem of the human condition that has beset us from the very beginnings of paradise lost, our modern age, with the rise of atheism, rejection of God, scorn for the metaphysical, and a hyper-emphasis of the “autonomous” self, pride has taken an […]

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Don’t Believe Everything You Think. A Consideration of Distorted Thinking and the Spiritual Life

June 23, 2013 13 Comments
Don’t Believe Everything You Think. A Consideration of Distorted Thinking and the Spiritual Life

In my work as a spiritual director, and also in deliverance ministry, as well as in my own experience of growth, it is very clear that there are common patterns of distorted thinking that disrupt spiritual growth and cause distress and disorder. These cognitive distortions lead one to misinterpret, or to over interpret the data […]

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