If I do or say something to make myself look good, in order to boost my reputation, am I committing the sin of pride?
For example, if I boast about how much money I give to charity, or even indicate it in a more subtle manner, so that others may think I’m a holy and generous person, or so that I may increase in some other way in their estimation, that would be pride, yes?
I don’t do anything as vulgar as boast about almsgiving, but in countless small ways throughout the day I try to put myself in the best light possible to gain the admiration or approval of others.
In doing an examination of conscience this morning, this little monster popped up and now my mind is flooded with a million tiny examples of it.
UGH! If it is a sin, I’m screwed, because it’s so insidious and seems so deeply ingrained in my character I don’t know how I’ll ever extricate myself from it!!!