Tag Archives: Pride

Riddle of the Three Questions

Archbishop Ullathorne in his Groundwork of the Christian Virtues treats us to a riddle with profound implications: “There was a king both young and wise, the Solomon of his age, who took delight in putting questions that were shrewd and … Continue reading

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The Clumsy Builder

In Groundwork of the Christian Virtues, Archbishop Ullathorne gives us the delightful and instructive analogy of The Clumsy Builder. “The building will now be complete, provided it has had a wise and skilful builder who really under stands his work. … Continue reading

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Waiting Patiently

In his book Christian Patience, Archbishop Ullathorne elaborates upon the classical philosophical definition of a virtue as a mean between two extremes: “As every virtue holds on its way between two vices that bear some resemblance to it, the one … Continue reading

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Book-Knowledge Or Self-Knowledge

Archbishop Ullathorne illustrates the differences between knowledge gleaned from books and knowledge obtained through introspection: “There are many people who read expositions of the virtues in books, and have a real desire to profit by them; yet the knowledge they … Continue reading

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Fallen Angels

Cardinal Manning turns to the tragic story of the fallen angels to show how important it is to have perseverance in order to arrive at our heavenly homeland. First, he gives this advice to the spiritual traveler: “Meditate every day … Continue reading

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Social and Personal Progress

Archbishop Ullathorne in his book Endowments of Man reflects on human progress in its social and personal aspects: “The men of this world, who are truly so-called when they rarely look beyond it, never tire to speak of human progress. … Continue reading

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Vanity

In these excerpts from Groundwork of the Christian Virtues, Archbishop Ullathorne examines the connection between pride and vanity: “If we compare pride in its elation to a dark, swelling wave, vanity is the foam upon its surface. If we compare … Continue reading

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