The envious

Monastero For the envious, the happiness of others is a source of personal frustration, because the success of the other attributes them to luck or chance and claims that are the result of injustice. As a result leads to the envious a constant state of unrest.

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The envy spark ignites when, assuming equality, the envious can argue, more or less in good faith: "What he's better than me for having achieved this or that"; "Why him and not me." So he grieves if his neighbor has a good greater than or equal to his, although not taking away anything of what he has; this envy makes us think that the good of others is bad for us. It is pride, disappointed and frustrated that turns into hatred and drives us continually looking for someone to throw their malevolence. The hate corrodes in looking at the happiness of others and comes to desire and will the others harm.

Envy is a cancer that eats away at the soul and disintegrates any virtue. It is also the spring that triggers the anger blinds the mind, nourishes pride, and destroys the tranquility and peace. It engenders in the soul a state of perpetual agitation, which flows from his insatiable thirst for desire.

Do not meet any situation like anything, has a heat that inexhaustibly get burning and you cannot soothe. The reason why is unleashed is not important, nor is the flame that kindles his fire, but once activated triggers the mighty wind of hatred that burns and destroys any good feeling. He fights vigorously against all forms of love, sentiment and brotherhood.

Crowds in possession to have, ripping to others even the smallest and most insignificant thing in order to possess it. Creeps disguised in different ways in order to avoid recognition and makes us unwittingly fall into her snares.

Envy is the effect of a touchy pride that you feel let down by the smallest glow of others and who cannot bear the faintest light. It is the most dangerous poison of self-love, which begins with consume him, he vomits on the others and leads to the most evil intentions. Envy is the daughter of pride, and, in turn, generates the worst sins of her, as jealousies, rivalries, lying, criticism, grumbling, slander, hate, crimes and murders.

Its effects are disastrous, is perhaps the vice that most torments the soul and the body, burn the heart, the flesh dries up, fraying the intellect, takes away peace to the conscience, the sad days of life and exiles from the soul every satisfaction and all joy. In society, the envy arouses hatred between the one and the other; it leads to excessive pursuit of riches and honors, sowing divisions among families.

The ancients personified the envy with the traits of a livid and cadaverous woman, worried, look everywhere around her, has yellow teeth and tongue full of poison. She feeds on gall and bears a snake that constantly gnaws her breast. She never sleeps and never laughs and is always sorrowful.

Envy is one of the seven deadly sins and by nature - says St. Thomas - is a mortal sin because it is directly opposed to charity, which is the new commandment that Jesus gave us: "Love one another as I have loved, so love one another".
(Jn. 13,34).

The Book of Wisdom says: "To the Devil's envy death entered the world." In fact, the devil was envious of the happiness of our first parents, and tempted Eve to lead to the ruin of mankind. Envy Cain killed Abel, Esau hated Jacob; King Ahaz killed Naboth; Joseph was sold by his brothers; Pharaoh had him thrown into the Nile all children born by the Jews, and Saul sought to kill David.

St. Augustine says: "when pride takes hold of a servant of God, immediately rushes envy. The proud cannot help but be envious. Because envy is the daughter of pride, and this mother does not know infertility; newborn calves it already".

In each of us dozing the demon of envy and jealousy; the latter can wake up at any time and condition when, for example, we are dissatisfied and frustrated in our thirst to possess and to be recognized, rewarded.

It tends to confuse jealousy and envy; in reality it is two distinct feelings: while envy is sadness or frustration of not having what the other possesses, jealousy is an affective love and selfish that does not allow any sharing or partition. Envy regards goods that belong to others, and jealousy regards the close neighbor or the same; for example, it feels jealousy of someone when you are jealous of his wealth, talents or abilities. Envy and jealousy destroy, over low heat, who succumbs to their seductions. Envy, in fact, pushes the man to misappropriate the good of others; whereas jealousy, more sly envy, may lead him to commit serious acts, that hatred and revenge will impel him to perform.

If you want to remedy the scourge of envy and jealousy you have to:
  • Consider yourself and others as a blessing;
  • Thank God for the talents that each one received.
  • Surrender to compare yourself to others;
  • free you from criticism, judgments, animosities that divide from each other;
  • Avoid any behavior that may inspire or provoke jealousy in others.
Get out of the vicious cycle of envy and jealousy is possible! To achieve freedom of the heart, overcoming resentment and inner turmoil, we learn, therefore, to congratulate ourselves on the neighbor's happiness, and to give thanks to God for the good that Providence had offer.

Time does not wait, one day will end his course and we will not let either a sweet memory, or a sad heart for love. They know very well that hatred generates resentment and indifference, so if we recognize ourselves to be in this situation, we must fight the pride and its highest expression that is the envy. Let's get rid of this subtle and treacherous poison that intoxicates the soul and chills the heart. We fight with the humility against pitfalls of envy and pride; the victory will depend on our enjoyment of life. Only love brings joy, happiness and love, and with them we can discover the next so many brothers and sisters; so we will not be alone because we found the overwhelming power of God's love.