Young Nun in her Cell, Cesare Laurenti, 19th Century
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
This week, we will take a look at the deadly sin or the vice of pride and its antidote, poverty of spirit.
Pride is the greatest sin. It was the first sin in all of creation, causing Satan to rebel against God. Satan fell because he could not accept God’s plan to divinize human beings. Satan could not attack God, so he retaliated against that which God loves most, us.
Pride is the also the first sin of Adam and Eve. Desiring to be like God, they fell for Satan’s deception that God did not have their best interests at heart. This is Satan’s game plan. Time and time again, he tries to convince us that God cannot be trusted with our happiness; and we must follow our own path to achieve happiness.