FIRST SIN – PRIDE

DAY 2: FIRST SIN – PRIDE

 

Day 2 - First Sin Pride

 

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit,
Spirit of Love of the Father and of the Son,
grant me Your love.
I give You my mind and heart,
so that You would fill me with Your wisdom.
Tear me away from amidst the futility of the world
and lead me into Your hidden chambers,
in which I will forget about the world,
in order to get to know Your mysteries.
Let me rest at Your feet
and listen with anointment to Your whisper.
Fill me with faith so I would not doubt
that the words, which [I read],
come from the mouth of the Most High,
and with bravery, so I would carry them courageously
to the whole world. Amen.

 

Contemplation of the Holy Scriptures before the conference of the day  – 30 minutes

Job 15, 7-16; 38, 3-38; 40, 2-5

You are haughty
7 Are you the first man ever born, or were you made before the hills?
8 Do you listen in on God’s counsel, and shall His wisdom be inferior to yours?
9 What do you know that we are ignorant of? What insights do you have that we do not have?
10 The aged and ancient men are also with us, much older than your father.
Everyone sins
11 Are God’s consolations not enough for you, words spoken gently to you?
12 Why has your heart carried you away, and why do you stare with your eyes, as if you were thinking great things?
13 Why does your spirit swell against God and you utter such words from your mouth?
14 What is man that he should be without spot, and he that is born of woman, that he should appear just?
15 If God places no trust in His saints, and even the heavens are not pure in His sight.
16 How much more is man abominable and unprofitable, who drinks up iniquity like water
3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
Did you help with the creation of the world…
4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Do you know who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 Upon what are its bases grounded? Or who laid its cornerstone
7 when the morning stars praised Me together, and all the sons of God made a joyful melody?
… and the creation of the sea?
8 Who shut up the sea behind doors, when it broke forth as if issuing out of the womb,
9 when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling?
10 When I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,
11 And I said, ‘‘This far you may come, but no further; here is where you shall break your proud waves.’’
Do you give orders to the dawn?
12 Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place,
13 that it might take hold of the edges of the earth, and shake the ungodly out of it?
14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.
15 From the wicked their light shall be taken away, and their upraised arm shall be broken.
Do you know the boundaries of the earth?
16 Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea? Have you walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.
Where resides the light?
19 What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?
20 Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
21 Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years.
Do you know the heavenly storehouses?
22 Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I reserve for times of the enemy, for days of battle and war?
24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
And the beginning of rain?
25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,
26 to water a land where no mortal dwells, an uninhabited desert,
27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with green grass?
28 Who is the father of rain? Who begot the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heaven?
30 When the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?
Do you rule over the stars and the weather?
31 Can you bind the shining stars of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
32 Can you bring forth the morning star in its time, and make the evening star to rise upon the children of the earth?
33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth?
34 Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?
35 Can you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they return and say to you, ‘‘Here we are’’?
36 Who has put wisdom in the heart of man, or gave the rooster understanding?
37 Who can declare the order of the heavens, or who can make the harmony of heaven to sleep?
38 When was the dust poured on the earth, and the clods of earth fastened together?
Question directed to Job
2 “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!”
The humble answer of Job
3 Then Job answered the Lord:
4 “I am unworthy—how can I reply to You? I put my hand over my mouth.
5 I spoke once, but I have no answer— twice, but I will say no more.”

 

TEACHING: First sin – pride

Meditation about the conference – 60 minutes

7.02.2018

Lord Jesus:  Write my words. The first sin. The greatest, the most common and the most widespread sin of priests is pride. Moreover, it is also the source of all other sins. When I was creating mankind from nothing, I conferred dignity and rights upon it. The priesthood is the highest human dignity, but it is not above the law. The angel that I exalted fell down. This is also the case with the priests to whom I gave the most. Instead of showing Me more and more gratitude, they forget about Me, staring more and more at themselves. The more they stare at themselves, the less they see Me. And so, instead of diminishing themselves, so that I may become bigger and bigger in their hearts, they feed their ego, and push Me into a further and deeper corner of their heart, until finally they throw Me out of it completely. For there is no place for two kings in one kingdom and sooner or later one of them must die. The priest either kills himself, giving himself up as a sacrifice together with Me, or he kills Me, becoming My executioner.

Now look carefully at yourself. Let Me examine your heart. How far did you progress on My path? Consider if you perceive the danger of this sin within you? Do you ask Me for My opinion before you make a decision? Do you try to act in everything as I would act? Do you ask Me for help? Do you ask persistently and humbly? Are you able to accept My inspirations if they are not after your thoughts? Are you able to accept remarks on your own topic with love? Do you consider their rightness before you reject them? Do you wonder what you should improve in yourself? Is the advice of those who love you valuable to you? Is it possible that you are wrong about an issue and others are right? At last, is it possible that those who irritate you are on a higher level of holiness than you? Do you allow the thought that the mistakes of others are a lesson in humility and patience for you? Do you understand that your mistake reveals the truth about you? Do you need My help to convert? Do you need conversion? If you do not perceive sin in yourself, you are already a great saint or a great sinner. Humility always chooses the second option.

Nurturing and developing the virtue of humility in oneself is the most important thing in the fight against the sin of pride. You should fight it, humbling yourself in spirit before Me. After all, man is only dust and ashes. All the rest is My and exclusively My grace. Your family is My grace. The values, faith, and tradition that you have derived from it are My mercy. The Church and the nation in which you were born are My work. Your abilities, from inborn traits to the acquired ones, are also My grace and My guidance. I have prepared you for the work I desire to carry out through you. Not that I do not have anyone better, because I can create who I want and whenever I want. Only and solely because I love you and I desire to give you a place in My Kingdom; but to be able to do this, I have to share My work with you. For only the heirs inherit the Kingdom. You must accept My grace to be able to garner undeserved merits. For with what have you deserved My grace, not existing? How did you deserve to be created by Me? Now, I want you to realize that the worst sinner consists of the same dust and ash as you. If you are not in his place, it is only so that you would pray for him and help him rise. On that account, I have protected you from many sins, but not from all, because then you would have become proud like the son of perdition himself. Human frailty caused by the original sin is to protect man against the devil. Although this seems to be a contradiction, it is a truth to which you have not yet come to.

Consider today in your heart how thin the line between holiness and sin is. How poor and weak the vessel, into which I pour My Divine grace.

 

Contemplation of the Holy Scriptures after the conference of the day – 45 minutes

Psalm 131 (130)

  1. Lord, my heart is not proud,  nor are my eyes lofty. I do not concern myself with great matters, or in wonderful things above me.
  2. But I have calmed and quieted my soul. Like a weaned child is towards his mother, like a weaned child – my soul is content.
  3. Israel, put your hope in the Lord, from henceforth now and forever!

Translated from: Rekolekcje Kapłanskie, na podstawie Orędzi na Czasy Ostateczne które własnie nadeszły, Grzechynia 2018, p. 28-42


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