I remember the first time I heard that women are more likely to practice the sin of humility while men are more likely to practice the sin of pride. I need both humility and pride. Too much or too little of either is not helpful–or Godly!
God, may I know you so well that I act out of love and not unmet needs.
Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7 (NRSV)
When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but wisdom is with the humble. Proverbs 11:2 (NRSV)
Invitation To Pray:
Do you struggle more with pride or with not valuing who God created you to be?
What prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
Humility and pride found on the third voussoir of the east bay of the north porch at the Chartres Cathedral in France. These statues, carved between 1194-1230, are fourth from the bottom on the right.
Pride and humility on the south porch are found on the west side of a pillar of the west portal. They are the top two sculptures on the south face of the second pillar to the right as one faces the portal. They were also carved between 1194-1230.
Other posts in this series that seeks to explore the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: Who are God? And who am I?
Anslem’s Spiritual Beatitudes:
Who Am I? (The Virtues and the Vices: 1)
Who Am I? (2) Beautiful
Who Am I? (3) Free!
Who Am I? (4) Honorable
Who Am I? (5) Joyful in the Deepest Sense of the Word
Who Am I? (6) Sensual
Who Am I? (7) Agile
Who Am I? (8) Strong
The Virtues and the Vices (Medieval Sculptures):
Who Am I? (9) Faithful and Unfaithful
Who Am I? (10) Hopeful and Despairing
Who Am I? (11) Giving and Greedy