Jesus intended the parable of the mustard seed as a similar encouragement to the sometimes faltering faith of his disciples. The mustard seed “at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth”. Pride is competitive, and it is scarcely surprising that it should tempt us into believing that, in comparison with others, our own faith is so diminutive as to be insignificant. ...
Our pride demands instant perfection, and when we cannot achieve it we are tempted to give up. Holiness and virtue, like the fruit of a seed hidden in the ground, are grown from a patient trust in God’s presence.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Bishop David McGough wrote an excellent article on fighting pride and cultivating holiness. Here's an excerpt, from the Catholic Herald: