It was the first sin, both in Heaven and on Earth.
It was what made Lucifer think he could replace God in a Zeus-like bid for power. Instead, he fell to Earth and became Satan.
It was what motivated Adam and Eve to transgress.
When he tempted Jesus, he made unsuccessful use of pride to get our Savior to stop being sinless.
Because of it:
- We don’t forgive.
- We don’t ask for forgiveness.
- We pay attention to comparisons.
- We don’t mind putting down another person.
- Our families fall apart, our kids get lost.
It is the sneakiest temptation because when we have conquered most other temptations, we feel proud of ourselves.
It is the most human of condition. It doesn’t afflict only the rich. The poor, too, are proud. Not only the beautiful are caught in its ways.
We lie because of it.