OK, so I was gone longer than I had planned, but with vacation and the post vacation recovery… I hope you can understand.
I wasn’t sure what to write about today but then there was a FaceBook posting about a viral contamination of the Rotavirus vaccine. The news story was not the trigger for me, but the slew of comments that followed, mostly from parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. Whether you vaccinate or not is not the issue at hand, rather it’s the self-righteous smugness that follows ones decision. This is not meant to be a post to discuss the merits of vaccinating or not, but how when we commit the sin of pride we are not as loving to one another as we should be.
Pride is considered to be the most capital of the seven deadly sins because it puts the love of self before the love of God. Pride was the first sin committed by Lucifer and it was also the sin committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden. Pride is what makes one speak boastfully or to show off all of the things that you have. Pride makes us look for fame, praise, admiration… to feel special, to be noticed. It makes the person say “Look at me, Look at me now! Look to see why I am so much better than you!” Pride is what puts people into competition with one another, it’s what makes us spend money on programs that claim to teach out 8 month olds to read; it’s what makes us fall into name-calling when we feel threatened by another’s success, that a person is some how unworthy of gifts bestowed upon them.
During the season of Lent we are asked to be very aware of our prideful natures. We are asked to cast off things that get in the way of glorifying God. How do we relieve ourselves of the sin of Pride? Frequent use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the practice of humility. If you find yourself about to say something prideful, stop for a moment and decide if the comment is really needed to further a discussion or if you are just going to say it to try to bring attention to yourself either by evoking praise or someone’s ire.
I have a really hard time with the sin of Pride and I struggle with it daily. But, every family does things differently. Does that make any family better than another? I don’t think so because every family, every person, has their individual crosses to bear and we all want the same outcome… we want to raise up our children to be good adults and parents in their own right.
Matthew 6:16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
(P.S. not that there’s any evidence of pride on this page, now is there… )