Pride the Worst of Vice

Pride the Worst of Vice

Reflection: 1 Samuel 15:23; Proverbs 21:4; James 4:16

Pride is the worst of all vices, because it attacks the soul through its virtues as well as through its evil habits. Pride is hateful to God and men. It is the first prompting in the committing of sin; it remains the last in the struggle against sin. Indeed when the servant of God has overcome other vices and has reached the heights of virtue, he still has to face the battle against pride, and if he do not engage in the struggle his labor in other directions will be in vain.

Hugh of St. Victor (1096 – 1141)