Our Lord said he had come to earth to light the fire of divine love, and His will was that this fire would be kindled. In the Prayer to the Holy Ghost are these words, “Come Holy Ghost, and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.” In what way does the church pray for this, and in what way did the Lord mean when He said it?
Out of the seven capital sins, the most dangerous one is pride for two reasons. First, Pride disrupts your thinking. It makes you do things which are stupid, and it makes you do things which are evil more than any of the other sins. The second problem is that you don’t notice it or feel it. Pride doesn’t move the passions like the other capital sins, which makes it a quiet, spiritual poison.
Sermon based on the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Luke 18:9-14) – Pride is a very dangerous thing, a very destructive thing. But it’s not an obvious thing. It’s the most dangerous of the seven Capital sins.
Sermon based on the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Matthew 7:15-21) – Our Lord’s lesson is very plain: If the tree is a good tree, it makes fruit, but otherwise, it doesn’t produce anything good. And so it is with people. There are good kinds and there are bad kinds. Good people do good things, and bad people do not. Sometimes people can be confusing on the outside, but what they do shows you what they are.