A reader asks about fighting sin

A reader asks about fighting sin February 1, 2012

…with sin. We discuss it over at the Register.

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  • Marthe Lépine

    Here’s a copy of the comment I posted in the Register about this article:
    Posted by Marthe Lépine on Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 4:33 PM (EST):

    To Kirt H. : One problem with the word “pride” in the English language (note: my first language is French) is that it can have more than one meaning. In my view, consistently think, and act as if, I was superior to everybody else as a person and treating others that way is part of the meaning of “pride” as a sin (which is called “orgueil” in French). On the other hand, taking pride in having done a good job and feeling good about it might be what the French call “fierté”, which has the same translation in English, but has a totally different meaning. “Fierté” has a lot more to do with self-respect, which is certainly not a sin. For example, if someone is proud of the ability, or gift, to do a good job, or good deeds, in any field, it is probably one of the best motivator to continue on that path. Always boasting about it, however, might be the problem…

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  • Kirt Higdon

    I’m using the word pride in the sense the Church uses it in English to mean one of the seven deadly sins. That’s the context since the article refers to fighting sin with sin. If you use it to mean self-respect or satisfaction in a job well done, that would not be a sin at all.