Tag: Pride

Reconsidering Trump

The word sanctimonious means “making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness.” Its synonyms include phony, insincere, deceitful, fake. Simply said, to be sanctimonious is to lack genuineness, honesty...

The Mirror Christ Holds in Front of Us

In order to emphasize the significance of the Gospel passage (John 8:1-11) for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, I would like to share a statement from my first spiritual director at the minor seminary. “Remember, you can receive the Lord in Holy Communion...

Preaching is the Easy Part

Once again in my life, the score is the Devil 2 and Greg 0 going into the third period. The first goal in the Devil’s pending hat trick was my deciding not to donate to my diocese’s annual drive because of several emails that were never acknowledged...

Truly Great in His Eyes

A minister serving as pastor for a small Protestant congregation was visited one afternoon by two missionaries from the local Evangelical church. The visitors boasted about how their religion was based on the promises of Jesus that His followers...

At War with Myself- Part 3

I had a college ring that my parents gave me upon graduation with my PhD. I imagine these days this ring is not worth much but, to me, it is priceless. Getting my doctorate in chemistry was a victory for someone who dropped out of college as an...

The Mother of All Sins

It is often said that the father of all sins is pride. If that is the case, then their mother is surely covetousness, the strong desire or wish for what someone else has. Covetousness has its own Commandment: “Thou shalt not covet . . . ,” and it is...

Satan Has Little Influence Over Those Who Remain Humble

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, commonly known to everyone as Mother Teresa, was not only a very holy woman; as founder of the Missionaries of Charity, she was also quite capable as an organizer and administrator.  On one occasion she arranged for some of...

A Reflection on Pride and Humility

Two of Jesus’ parables give special emphasis to humility. The Parable of the Guests (Luke 14) explains how being humble would spare a guest embarrassment. The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18), explains that a humbler penitent...