Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
 Home 
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Radio
Small Christian
Communities
Publications
Audio & Video
Catalog
Retreats
Bible
Institute
Guadalupe
Bible College
 Prayer 
Room

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 19, Issue 5


<< Saturday, August 23, 2003 >> St. Rose of Lima
 
Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17
View Readings
Psalm 128 Matthew 23:1-12
Similar Reflections
 

TESTING FOR PRIDE

 
"Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, but whoever humbles himself shall be exalted." —Matthew 23:12
 

Are you humble? Are you proud? We human beings have always had the proclivity to deceive ourselves on these matters. Jesus gives us several signs of pride.

  1. They preach but they do not practice (see Mt 23:3, RNAB).
  2. "They bind up heavy loads" for others to carry without giving them any help (Mt 23:4).
  3. "All their works are performed to be seen" (Mt 23:5).
  4. "They are fond of places of honor" (Mt 23:6).
  5. They want to be acknowledged publicly (see Mt 23:7).

If you see in your life three of these five signs of pride, you should:

  • Go to Confession.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to show you ways to humble yourself (see Mt 23:12).
  • Study and pray Scriptures regarding humility.
  • Pray daily for humility.
  • Fast and do other sacrifices to ask for the grace of humility.
  • Forgive others and apologize if you have been slow to forgive.

Humble yourself.

 
Prayer: Father, make me humble so that I will not be destroyed by pride.
Promise: "Blessed is the Lord Who has not failed to provide you today with an heir! May he become famous in Israel! He will be your comfort and the support of your old age, for his mother is the daughter-in-law who loves you. She is worth more to you than seven sons!" —Ru 4:14-15
Praise: St. Rose learned humility by serving the sick and the homeless.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Richard L. Klug, February 27, 2003
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 3, 2003
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 19, Issue 5
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · XML / RSS Feed
  · eBook Edition
 
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
 
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend

 

 

 
Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
Radio
  ·   Small Christian
Communities
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
Catalog
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
Institute
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer
Room
 

Copyright © 2016 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy