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Three Points of the Homily
1. Beware of the "Spirit of Comparison"
We can't use others as our measuring stick. "All men have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God." Rom 3:23
2. The proud will be humbled.
How do we pray? “When we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or out of the depths of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer.” – CCC 2599
“Man is a beggar before God.”– St. Augustine
3. The humble will be exalted
Why does humility raise us to the heights of holiness and self-conceit plunge us into the abyss of sin?
“It is because when we have a high regard for ourselves, and that in the presence of God, he quite reasonably abandons us, since we think we have no need of his assistance. But when we regard ourselves as nothing and therefore look to heaven for mercy, it is not unreasonable that we should obtain God’s compassion, help, and grace.” – St. Gregory Palamas
"The Lord resists the proud and give grace to the humble." - James 4:6