The eleventh-hour syndrome

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“But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he saith to them: Why stand you here all the day idle? They say to him: Because no man hath hired us. He saith to them: Go ye also into my vineyard. (Matthew 20:6-7).”

How many of us are guilty of being idle in our Faith only to see someone or some family being a little bit more devout in their prayer life?

How many times have we looked around at our Church to notice the new family or person we have never seen before. How many times have we asked ourselves “Who are they?” or “Why are they here?” Unless a man is forthcoming with his disposition about where he is with his Faith, it is futile to assume it. That is between him and the Lord. This is where the eleventh-hour syndrome can be developed.

This is where most Catholics fall into grave sin by becoming Pharisees instead of Publicans. You may have been working your entire life in the fields of our Lord or even just one hour, but someone else is called to work the same field as you for the same wage, for less time…and we hate this.

They converted to the Faith or now attend the Latin Mass because it appeals more to them than the Ordinary form of the Mass. And we become Pharisees.

In Humility of Heart, Fr. Cajetan Mary Da Bergamo says, According to Saint Thomas:

“144. The fourth way in which we sin through pride is when we use any gift we may possess in order to appear distinguished or to think ourselves better than others, and to be more esteemed and honoured than they. Whatever good we have, whether of body or soul, of nature, fortune or grace, is a gift of God, and to use these gifts in order to try and be more conspicuous than others is pride.”

He also states:

“St. Gregory in fact makes this reflection that there is no pride which resembles the diabolical pride so much as this: This comes. very near to a diabolical likeness." Whoever wishes to exalt himself above others imitates Lucifer who desired to be first among the Angels and nearest to the throne of God. This was the sin of Lucifer when he dwelt upon his desire to be exalted: "And thou saidest in thy heart, I will ascend." [Isaiah 14, 13] And those who are always scheming for their own advancement, and are discontented with their own state sin even as Lucifer sinned: "I will ascend"; and we ought to guard against this diabolical sin, as St. Paul says: "Lest being puffed up with pride we fall into the judgment of the devil." [1 Timothy 3, 6]”

It is a grievous sin because we become like Lucifer, emoting with pride, in our words and thoughts. We exalt ourselves against our fellow brethren and we will fall. This is a promise.

“Because everyone that exalteth himself, shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.” (Luke 14:11).

Fr. Cajetan Mary Da Bergamo concludes:

“145. The holy pope St. Gregory discerns pride in all kinds of people and describes its characteristics. Some, he says, are proud of their possessions, others of their eloquence, some are proud of mundane things and some of things of the Church and the gifts of God, although blinded by vanity we are unable to discern it; and whether we exalt ourselves above others on account of worldly glory, or of spiritual gifts, pride has never left our heart because it is domiciled there, and, to disguise itself: assumes a false appearance.”

It is best for else to also remember what it says in Ecclesiasticus 7:40:

“In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.”

Praise be Jesus Christ and his Bride the Church.

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