Confidence without grace is just pride
We can only see the world through our own eyes. I can put myself in your position but I will never see the world quite the way you do. You are unique and you have your own thoughts, opinions, experiences that cannot be duplicated. It is important to think about how different we all are because something as simple as disagreements and differing opinions can lead to a deadly sin. We have to be very, very careful. “It was pride that changed angels into devils, it is humility that makes men as angels” St. Augustine. We cannot let pride get in the way of our path to God.
Pride has been called the sin in which all others arise. It is an excessive belief in one’s own abilities or one’s own opinions. The reason pride is so slippery in our spiritual growth is because living in a way that uses our gifts and strengths builds confidence. It takes courage. We are called to achieve and use our gifts to be useful and productive. How do I do important work without becoming full of myself? How do I surround myself with other people whom I do not agree with or even find dim? Here is the test. Pride lacks grace. We have to ask ourselves where Jesus is in all that we do. I am guessing if we have to ask we already know the answer. Nowhere. Achievement should glorify God.
There are times when we need extra courage or a stronger skill set to do our job or to achieve a goal. Good old competitive spirit and confidence can get us through. Hard work does pay off. This is not only healthy but it is bound to bring us happiness as we work for something. Hard work leads to dignity and a perspective that makes us grateful to be alive; to be able to count our blessings. True greatness is Divine. But greatness without God is pride and it is sinful. St. Francis de Sales says “the proud man who trusts in himself has good reason not to attempt anything. The humble man is all the more courageous because he recognizes his own impotence. The less he esteems himself, the more daring he becomes because he places his whole trust in God.”
Achievement should be celebrated! Just remember to invite God to the party.
Anne Atkin, principal
Sacred Heart School
Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith
Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.