CCC 2481 Boasting or bragging is an offense against truth. So is irony aimed at disparaging someone by maliciously caricaturing some aspect of his behavior.
Irony is often expressed through sarcasm. It belittles and disrespects the dignity of another. When a person irritates us, it is all too easy to resort to insults through irony and sarcasm. We need to pray for our enemies and the irritating persons in our lives, not insult them. Matthew 5:43-45 states 43"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.”
Examination of Conscience
- When was the last time we opened ourselves completely to learning from a chance comment?
- Do I resort to irony and sarcasm whenever someone irritates me?
13 Who can detect heedless failings? Cleanse me from my unknown faults. 14 But from willful sins keep your servant; let them never control me. Then shall I be blameless, innocent of grave sin. 15 Let the words of my mouth meet with your favor, keep the thoughts of my heart before you, LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
That's me away.