Sure-fire signs of pride

Sure-fire signs of pride

Couples for Christ international council member Michael Ariola gives the first session entitled “A New Springtime” during the CFC Mission Core Weekend at the Camp John Hay Convention Center, Baguio City, Jan. 21, 2017 (Photo: Mon Santiago)

BAGUIO City, Jan. 22, 2017 – Revisiting a checklist of a lack of humility originally drawn up by Opus Dei founder St.Josemaría Escrivá, a Catholic lay leader gave 17 points that show if a person is full of pride.

Quoting the priest who died in 1975, Couples for Christ international council member Michael Ariola gave the “17 signs of a lack of humility” during the first talk entitled “A New Springtime” at the CFC Mission Core Weekend held from Jan. 20 to 22:

  • thinking that what you do or say is better than what others do or say
  • always wanting to get your own way
  • arguing when you are right or – when you are – insisting stubbornly or with manners
  • giving your opinion without being asked for it, when charity does not demand you to do so
  • despising the point of view of others
  • not being aware that all gifts and qualities you have are on loan
  • not acknowledging that you are unworthy of all honor or esteem, even the ground you are treading on or the things you own
  • mentioning yourself as example in conversation
  • speaking badly about yourself, so that they may form a good opinion of you, or contradict you
  • making excuses when rebuked
  • hiding some humiliating faults from your director, so that he may not lose the good opinion he has of you
  • hearing praise with satisfaction or being glad that others have spoken well of you
  • being hurt that others are held in greater esteem than you
  • refusing to carry out menial tasks
  • seeking or wanting to be singled out
  • letting drop words of self-praise in conversation, or words that might show your honesty, your wit, or skill, your professional prestige
  • being ashamed of not having certain possessions

“We lost spring when we allow pride to rule,” said the former missionary to South Africa. “We should always remember not to lose our sense of wonder and not to allow pride to rule and not to rely on our own strength.”

He added, “When we start to depend on our own strength should be something that makes us worry. When we start to depend more on technology more than depending on God it should make us worry.”

According to the father of two, a new “springtime” of missionary zeal and evangelization can only be possible with humble people who have a real sense of dependence on God.

Ariola, who is the current CFC Family Ministries director, spoke to some 2,000 CFC leaders from all over the Philippines, the U.S., Mongolia, Indonesia, Canada, Singapore, and Australia, among others, who gathered at the Camp John Hay Convention Center for the annual event.

This year’s conference carried the theme “Strong and Faithful” taken from 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, “Be on your guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. Your every act should be done with love.” The MC Weekend is when CFC’s top provincial, Metro Manila, and international leaders gather yearly to reflect on the community’s main pastoral direction for the year. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz / CBCPNews)