MAN IS BORN
WITH A HEART FULL OF PRIDE
Consequence of Original Sin)
Man usually rash judges his
neighbor. The whole journalistic endeavor is to easily judge others
with no, or the least evidence of, truth. We even introduce our
judgments with, "I actually saw it; I actually heard it; I got
it from a reliable source."
This is proof of the mass of pride
that dries up our hearts. Most of the time we are infinitely more
guilty than the person whom we are boldly judging. . .which should
give us reason to fear. For, at the end, we might see him going to
heaven while we are dragged down to hell.
"Oh, unfortunate pride, you
dare to judge your brother on the slightest appearance of evil and
how do you know that he has not repented of his fault and that he is
not numbered among God's friends? Take care, rather, that he does
not take the place which your pride is putting you in great danger
of losing," says St. Augustine.
All those rash judgments and all
those interpretations can come only from a person who has a secret
pride, who does not know himself, and who dares to wish to know the
interior life of his neighbor.
So, first eradicate this capital
sin from your heart; let us not amuse ourselves by spending time
analyzing the conduct of our neighbors. We should be content to do
nothing else save weep for our own sins and work as hard as we could
to correct them.
St. John Vianney