It took quite a bit longer than I expected, both in time and word count, but I made it to the end of my comments on St. Bernard’s ladder of pride and humility. I will probably move this to the side bar eventually, but for now here’s a quick index of the posts covered.
A brief Introduction to the ladder and some general observations.
The First Step, which is Curiosity, including a comparison of the two ladders.
Steps 2-4, which culminate in Boasting.
Steps 5-6, which culminate in Arrogance.
Steps 7-8, Presumption and Self-Justification.
Steps 9-10, False Confession and the Case of the Missing Tenth Step.
Steps 11-12, wrapping things up with sins both free and habitual, and a few final words.
I had intended to stay more reflective in my remarks, but it turned book-reporty as I was getting my thoughts in order. Perils of the medium. Now I can move on to more general comments on the Ladder! Or work on his take on the Beatitudes. Ooh, ooh, I know…