Journey To The Heights! – 7 Deadly Sins taken down by 7 Lively Virtues
Week 2 — Envy is taken down by Admiration.
Envy can be defined as sorrow at another person’s success. That success is threatening because in comparing myself to someone else, I find myself lacking. I fear that I am not good enough and I forget that God loves me.
Antidote: Admiration. Combat envy by going out of your way to praise whomever you envy. If you are in a group that is scapegoating someone, purposely put a wrench in the discussion by interrupting it with praise for the scapegoat. Realize that the dispensing of different gifts is linked to different missions from the Lord, but all are in one Body of Christ. Concentrate on your unique role in this mystical Body and stop comparing yourself to others. It is not a zero-sum game if we realize that we are all being loved and blessed by God; you succeed, I succeed, you suffer, I suffer. Our true happiness is found by joining our lives in love with God and others, who also have been loved into being by God.
For further reflection, watch this short video by Bishop Barron on Envy & Admiration
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