If one sees that God has used him to bring about some good, then simply recognising it is not proud. It can make him very humble.Let's change the "Tempted to take credit" and change it to recognising God "may" have done some good through you and you are simply recognising this without instantly jumping to the sin of pride. Is that possible??
I am no theologian but I understand that when the soul sees and appreciates how dependent on God it is - that is but the first step and only the first step. The soul could praise itself for being holy enough to appreciate how dependent on God it is.Would God never show us He is pleased because he knows we will instantly puff up with pride, or can He show us He is pleased if He sees that particular soul is in a state that can cope with it and use it for his benefit. (Like the example you gave "because it clearly sees and appreciates how dependent on God it is")
It is possible - yes, depending on the state of the soul. No, if the soul is deciding for itself that 'God sees that particular soul is in a state to cope with it' (your quote).While we wait....
"If one sees that God has used him to bring about some good, then simply recognising it is not proud. It can make him very humble."
I take that as a "yes" to my question?
"Is it possible"?
Maybe, God with the Saints, at times, showed the Saints how pleased He was, which drove them more strongly and directly towards the cross! Maybe God knew that pride would never be an issue with them
Do we run in fear in fear when thinking that God may be pleased with us.
Or should we embrace it?
Spiritual pride is the most terrifying thing I can think of.
My illness makes me terrified of flying closer to the sun.
But can faith allow me to fly closer, because grace is sufficient?
The Church teaches that we're all conceived in a state of pride. It is a permanent condition for as long as we are on this earth. An unbaptized person is in a state of mortal sin. The baptized person is freed from the inherited state, but is still wounded by having inherited it. It wounds our souls every second up to the moment we die. It makes us forever vulnerable to Satan's temptations. The Saints had to battle with it right up to their deathbeds. The only creature that was pleasing to God from the moment of her conception was His Mother, Mary, who never thought for a moment that she was pleasing to God. She spent most of her life on her knees humiliating herself merely as a speck of dust under His Feet. A soul consecrated to her Immaculate Heart is the only protection provided by God Himself for the whole of mankind. She is the refuge of sinners - meaning that if we do not accept Her as the only gateway to receive deliverance from our wounded state we cannot go to heaven. In other words we cannot get to heaven unless we are delivered from the effects of, and/or our state of sin (if unbaptized). Still being subject to the effects of the original sin of pride means that we can easily fall into mortal sin. Adam and Eve are not responsible for mortal sins that I alone commit. Freed from the inherited state creates a new situation making me personally responsible for sins I commit. Wounded, and with the tempter's guiles the majority of souls appear to be in a state of motal sin continuously.Maybe, God with the Saints, at times, showed the Saints how pleased He was, which drove them more strongly and directly towards the cross! Maybe God knew that pride would never be an issue with them
Yeah, I was never suggesting the soul is deciding for itself. Not at all.It is possible - yes, depending on the state of the soul. No, if the soul is deciding for itself that 'God sees that particular soul is in a state to cope with it' (your quote).
I really like the question. It seems from the quotation of Father Raphael V O’Connell SJ, above, Saint Anselm says, “every soul, at the moment when it is infused into the body, is entrusted to the keeping of an angel.” Therefore at conception.At what point do we get assigned our Guardian Angel? And until when do we have them?