I think I have a problem with spiritual pride. I had a “conversion of the heart” experience about a year ago, before which I had been a nominal/cultural Catholic, and after which I became convinced that Catholicism is the Truth and holds the keys to the meaning of life.
I have been blessed abundantly. My faith (and my understanding of the Faith) has grown by leaps and bounds.
Unfortunately, I think I’ve developed a spiritual pride of sorts. And I need people to help me out, and give me pointers.
I’m a college student involved with a campus Newman Center. It seems like some of my friends there have not been through this same “conversion of the heart” experience (yet). So every time I hear of a liturgical mistake (or misguided modification), or hear my fellow Catholics speak with less devotion than mine, or see Catholics sinning, or hear them questioning the Church’s teachings, I become judgmental, I think.
I’ve become a little discouraged with my Newman community even though they do great things. I guess I’m sensing a lack of fervor. Or is that just me being judgmental?
I don’t know. We’re all at different places on our spiritual journeys. I know that. But the students at Newman are supposed to be *the *Catholic leaders on campus. Shouldn’t we be working to inspire more conversions of hearts? And how can we do this?
How do I combat my spiritual pride? I know I’ve got to give people the benefit of the doubt more often. But how can I be more charitable in my thoughts about those at different places in their spiritual journeys – while at the same time trying to share the fruits of my faith with others?
I hope that makes sense!