Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: Elon Musk is making headlines these days, luring people into a deceitful belief that eternal life can be made, manufactured by Man and his machines, this is the most egregious expression of Pride possible. Today’s veritas et Sapientia combines the skill of Joseph Pearce, the wisdom of Chesterton and the classic beauty of Humility of Heart; I pray for Musk’s conversion before its too late for him and countless others who may blindly follow him. M.C]
“The lack of humility (Pride) predisposes us to a sense of ingratitude for our existence, and not only our own existence but the existence of everything else. Such ingratitude succumbs to the sin of cynicism, blinding us to any sense of wonder, thereby preventing contemplation and promoting mindless distraction in its place, closing the mind to reality. Pride, ingratitude, cynicism, distraction, and the closing of the mind: This is the five-fold order of misperception which numbs our senses so that they are no longer able to sense or see the presence of the Real.
In the light of such an understanding of the anatomy of good and evil, the words of G.K. Chesterton, uttered on his death-bed, encapsulate the simple difference between the wisdom of humility and the light it brings and, on the other hand, the wickedness of pride and the darkness to which it leads. “The issue is now quite clear,” said the dying Chesterton, emerging from a sort of semi-conscious reverie. “It is between light and darkness and everyone must choose his side.” – Joseph Pearce, The Imaginative Conservative
Humility of Heart, Thoughts and Sentiments, XV: “A beautiful way of asking humility of God was the following which was used by a great saint. Lord, he said, I do not even know what humility is like, but I know that I do not possess it, and cannot of myself obtain it; and that unless I have it I shall not be saved; therefore it only remains for me to ask it of Thee, but give me the grace to ask it as I ought. Thou hast promised, O my God, to grant me all those things which I shall ask of Thee and which are necessary to my eternal salvation; and humility being most necessary to me, faith compels me to believe that Thou wilt grant me this, if I know how to ask it of Thee. But herein lies the difficulty, because I know not how to ask Thee as I ought. Teach me and help me that I may pray to Thee as Thou dost wish me to pray and in that efficacious manner in which Thou Thyself knowest that I shall be heard. And as Thou commandest me to be humble, I am ready to obey; but grant that through Thy help I may in truth be- come such as Thou dost desire. I ardently do, sire to be humble, and from whence comes this love and desire for humility if not from Thee, who hast put it into my heart by Thy holy grace? Oh, of Thy goodness grant me there- fore what Thou hast made me so love and desire. I hope for it, and I will continue to hope for it.”