Pride is a fool's fortress

>>  Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This week's Gallery is 'A photo I am proud of'.  I think most of my best photos probably make it onto my blog anyway at some point. So it left me pondering about what 'proud' means. Is it good or bad?

Pride is the worst of the seven deadly sins.  It was Dante's 1st terrace and one of the 3 that relate to 'others'.  Pride comes from believing that you are better than others, failing to acknowledge the accomplishments of others, and excessive admiration of the personal self.  Humility is the opposite virtue.

Thinking about Pride and Dante lead me to think about Pilgrimage.  Pilgrims sometimes go on  journeys to holy places because they have committed sin, in the past they were sent on the journeys by a priest as a penance.

So I have taken a couple of photos from one of my pilgrimages to The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. 

Time to reflect.

One candle flame in the centre that isn't still.  Like the prayer it holds lives within it.
I also found a poem by a guy called JJ Hare
Do have a look at the full one.  I like the lines

Pride is a fool's fortress
And is not hard to destroy.
I've always been the kind to ruffle feathers
Not the man who bites his tongue
I'll fight and die for what I believe
And rise again like the setting sun

This was the sky on my drive home, captured on my phone.


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