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112. Boasting

1. Boasting is the making of false claims in praise ofone's own qualities or prowess; it is an attempt to liftoneself above what one really is. Boasting amounts to excessive andunjustified claims; and these, in turn, amount to lying. Hence,boasting has the evil of lying.

2. Boasting usually amounts to a jocose lie. It is so inthe case of a man who 'likes to hear himself talk," andwho delights in bragging for its own sake. Or it may be anofficious lie, as it is in a person who recommends himself for aposition by making excessive claims of ability. In most cases,boasting does not exceed venial sin.

"It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come."
Thomas á Kempis

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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