October 4, 2008
St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas says: “Praise be to Jesus.”

“I have come to describe to you some ways in which pride, which is disordered self-love, affects the conscience. Guilt is a form of pride. I say this, for guilt is the result of the inability to forgive one’s self of some past thought, word or deed. This unforgiveness is really the inability to believe that he (the soul) was capable of committing such a sin. Each soul needs to recognize that humanly, and through free will, he can give in to any error.”

“This takes me to another area where pride leads souls astray–that is the condition of a false conscience. In such a state, the soul believes he is above committing certain sins or sometimes, any sin. Perhaps he holds an important position in Church or world hierarchy and believes falsely that he is exempt from blame. It is often these same ones who are most critical of their neighbor or even fall into the trap of rash judgment. This is yet another snare of pride.”

“Some who read or hear my words to you today will not recognize themselves, as they summarily refuse to see themselves in any of these messages. These are the ones who unwittingly lend a willing ear to Satan, but turn a deaf ear to Heaven. Pray for them.”