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Catholic Word of the Day: PRIDE, 05-04-09 ^ | 05-04-09 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 05/04/2009 8:18:32 AM PDT by Salvation

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An inordinate esteem of oneself. It is inordinate because it is contrary to the truth. It is essentially an act or disposition of the will desiring to be considered better than a person really is. Pride may be expressed in different ways: by taking personal credit for gifts or possessions, as if they had not been received from God; by glorying in achievements, as if they were not primarily the result of divine goodness and grace; by minimizing one's defects or claiming qualities that are not actually possessed; by holding oneself superior to others or disdaining them because they lack what the proud person has; by magnifying the defects of others or dwelling on them. When pride is carried to the extent that a person is unwilling to acknowledge dependence on God and refuses to submit his or her will to God or lawful authority, it is a grave sin. The gravity arises from the fact that a person shows contempt for God or of those who take his place. Otherwise, pride is said to be imperfect and venially wrong.

While not all sins are pride, it can lead to all sorts of sins, notably presumption, ambition, vainglory, boasting, hypocrisy, strife, and disobedience. Pride strives for perverse excellence. It despises others and, depending on its perversity, even looks down upon God. The remedies for pride are a sincere knowledge of oneself, the acceptance of daily humiliations, avoidance of even the least self-complacency, humble acknowledgement of ones' faults, and prayerful communion with God.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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I fight the war with pride all the time.

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1 posted on 05/04/2009 8:18:33 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 05/04/2009 8:22:12 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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3 posted on 05/04/2009 8:24:18 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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Come on, folks, you mean that I am the only one who battles the pride vs. humility war in my daily life?

4 posted on 05/04/2009 11:00:42 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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