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6 Tips to help curb pride



Edifa - published on 11/11/19

Pride poisons the soul. Becoming aware of the gravity of it is a good place to start.

“God opposes the proud,” Scripture assures us (James 4:6). St. John Cassian observed that this resistance by God doesn’t exist with regard to other sins: “How great is the evil of pride, that it rightly has no angel, nor other virtues opposed to it, but God himself as its adversary!” Indeed, pride is an attack on God himself, so it’s crucial to fight against it.

1Seek humility

Pride is repelled by its opposite — humility, a virtue acquired through a series of small acts. The worst humiliation — and the most fruitful — is the one we don’t choose.

2Become intimate with God

It’s possible to do this via many routes … meditating on the Word of God (cf. Phil 4:8), offering short prayers throughout the day, practicing silent adoration in which you simply be with Him, without saying or doing anything.

3Cultivate discretion

Try not to draw attention to yourself and learn how to give in secret, without anyone being aware of it (Mt 6:1-4). Perhaps try and do it once a day. If you have a tendency to be more generous when you’re out with friends, make a resolution to give just as much and just as often to those in need when you’re on your own.

4Accept your emotions and learn to laugh at yourself

An independent person who controls everything must first learn to accept who he is, including his emotions, and to not take himself so seriously.

5Recognize all that you owe

An independent person can gently ease into dependence through praise, that is, the recognition (in the full sense of the word) of all you have received.

6Give yourself for others

In imitation of Jesus Christ, offer your life (your money, time, friendship, love, etc.) for the betterment of others.

Father Pascal Ide and Luc Adrian


Read more:
Why pride is the birth mother of all sin


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11 Tips for growing in humility

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