God healing our pride and confirming our faith by Augustine of Hippo

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“It is on the basis of this notion that we structure our thought, that we believe that God became man for us, to give us an example of humility and proof of God’s love for us. Yes, it is good for us to believe and hold with a firm and unshakeable heart that the humility with which God was born of a woman, and let himself be led off to die, amidst so many outrages, at the hands of mortal men, is the supreme medicine for healing our swollen pride and the sublime sacrament for loosing the bonds of sin.
Likewise, we should speak of the power of his miracles, especially his Resurrection. Knowing what omnipotence is, we believe in an omnipotent God and, based on knowledge either innate or acquired through our experience of appearances and forms, we make a judgment about facts of this sort, lest our faith be a fabrication.”

Augustine of Hippo, De Trinitate 8, 5, 7; PL 42, 952; CCL so, 276-77

Our God is humble and strong. He took flesh and put himself under the judgement of mortal men to show us humility. Particularly, when he took flesh from a woman. His humility heals our pride, heals our confidence that we can live without Him.

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Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

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