Those who are prideful practice virtue only for worldly esteem. God rewards such virtues only with the good things of this world. These are good only in appearance in as much as they are merely created images of the eternal good.
The highest degree of humility is not only to acknowledge our own abjection but to love it and to take delight in it. Not from meanness from soul or cowardice of heart, but from a desire to exalt as we ought the divine majesty and to prefer others far before ourselves.
When we say there is a struggle between the spirit and the flesh, between grace and nature, we must understand that flesh and nature should not be understood as what God made: perfection.
Instead we are speaking of flesh and nature as stained and wounded by original sin and thus tends towards the commission of evil.
Even though we are wounded by original sin, we are still masters of ourselves, we have free will, and with the help of God we can persevere in virtue.
Join us on this episode of In Veritate.
We would like to thank Nicholas Wilton for providing the use of his sacred choral music for this show. Mr. Wilton's material can be purchased at: tutti.co.uk.
Show Sponsor: Most Holy Trinity Seminary
Original Air Date: September 30, 2016
Show Run Time: 43 minutes
Show Guest(s): Bishop Donald Sanborn
Show Host(s): Matthew Arthur
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