Monday, February 10, 2020

La Rochefoucauld: the triumph of pride

Monday, February 10, 2020
    Commemoration of Scholastica, Abbess of Plombariola, c.543
    [Jesus:] “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
    —Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV)
    Pride has a greater share than goodness of heart in the remonstrances we make to those who are guilty of faults; we reprove, not so much with a view to correcting them, as to persuade them that we are exempt from those faults ourselves.
    ... François La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), Moral Reflections, Sentences and Maxims of Francis, Duc de la Rochefoucauld, New York: W. Gowans, 1851, p. 15 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 7:1-2; Pr. 16:5; Rom. 1:32; 2:1-5; 11:20; 1 Cor. 10:12-13; Gal. 6:1; Heb. 2:2-3; 12:25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, in my pride, I sin against Your grace and holiness.
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