Humility makes a man peaceable among brethren, fruitful in well-doing, cheerful in suffering, and constant in holy walking. Humility fits for the highest services we owe to Christ, and yet will not neglect the lowest service to the meanest saint (Joh 13:5). Humility can feed upon the meanest dish, and yet it is maintained by the choicest delicates,[such] as God, Christ, and glory. Humility will make a man bless him that curses him and pray for those that persecute him (Mat 5:44). A humble heart is a habitation for God, a scholar for Christ, a companion of angels, a preserver of grace, and a fitter for glory. Humility is the nurse of our graces, the preserver of our mercies, and the great promoter of holy duties. Humility cannot find three things on this side [of] heaven: it cannot find fullness in the creature, sweetness in sin, or life in an ordinance without Christ. A humble soul always finds three things on this side [of] heaven: the soul to be empty, Christ to be full, and every mercy and duty to be sweet wherein God is enjoyed. Humility can weep over other men’s weaknesses, and joy and rejoice over their graces. Humility will make a man quiet and contented in the meanest condition, and it will preserve a man from envying other men’s prosperous condition (1Th 1:2-3). Humility honors those that are strong in grace, and puts two hands under those that are weak in grace. Humility makes a man richer than other men, and it makes a man judge himself the poorest among men (Eph 3:8). Humility will see much good abroad when it can see but little at home.Ah, Christian! Though faith be the champion of grace, and love the nurse of grace, yet humility is the beautifier of grace. It casts a general glory upon all the graces in the soul. Ah, did Christians more abound in humility, they would be less bitter, froward, and sour; they would be more gentle, meek, and sweet in their spirits and practices. Humility will make a man have high thoughts of others and low thoughts of [himself]. It will make a man see much glory and excellency in others, and much baseness and sinfulness in [himself]. It will make a man see others rich and himself poor, others strong and himself weak, others wise and himself foolish. Humility will make a man excellent at covering others’ infirmities, at recording their gracious services, and at delighting in their graces. It makes a man joy in every light that outshines his own and every wind that blows others good. Humility is better at believing than it is at questioning other men’s happiness. “I judge,” saith a humble soul, “it is well with these Christians now, but it will be far better with them hereafter. They are now upon the borders of the New Jerusalem, and it will be but as a day before they slide into Jerusalem.” A humble soul is more willing to say, “Heaven is that man’s [more] than mine; and Christ is that Christian’s [more] than mine; and God is their God in covenant [more] than mine.” Ah, were Christians more humble, there would be less fire and more love among them than now is. Thomas Brooks
Humility is the attitude of the creature in presence of his Creator, and the way of acting which result from such an attitude.
Pride is the excessive desire of our own excellence.
Love (Charity) is the greatest of the virtues; Love immediately unite us with God. But the main obstacle in us to the acquisition of Love is pride.
We either Love God more than ourself or we Love ourself more than God.
Two things hinder the growth of Love:
a) excessive care for the things of this world,
Humility attacks those two factors both simultaneously.
The really humble has so forgotten himself that it never occurs to him to speak of himself at all. Profession of humility, are the very cream, the very essence of pride. The attempt to avoid pride will not justify lies.
Obsequiousness and servility have no place in obedience. but they have nothing in common with true humility.
Humility is a virtue of the strong, a virtue that regards truth.
Servility is a weakness that cause a men to belittle himself by submitting to another man.
For one man is as good as another, apart from the authority that has from God.
Servility debase a man, but obedience based on Humility elevates him, for it liberates him of such a fetters as human respect, the desire to please, the timidity that is weakness, making him dependent on God alone.
If anyone needs Humility more than another, is the man of strong personality and conviction. A strong willed person will tend to identified God will with his own. He will interpret obedience in a way congenial to his own ideas and outlook. The fundamental lack is true self-abnegation , because we love ourself too much and do not want to obey.
The Humble man is the only one fit for authority: he alone will always have God ‘s rights and his own duty before his eyes, and so will never fail those under his charge. He will realize that he has been given authority in order that he may serve those over whom he presides. He will not make the exercise of obedience a burden by his own short-coming, nor condone wrong doing by his weakness and indecision. He will not fear to speak out boldly and decisively if there be need, remember that the Shepherd is responsible for the sheep. He will not seek special privilege nor let the image of God in him be dimmed for others by pompousness and egoism. He will not arrogate to himself an authority that is not his.
Only Humility will give that purity of intention that is so necessary, because it alone frees a man from all ambitions and make truly disinterested.
Mother Theresa : Honour itself is lost by seeking it, especially in desiring high post of honour for there is no position in the world which so effectively destroy perfection…
Our honour ought to consist in serving God.
Is not merely that power corrupts we are corrupt already without it.
To be humble in abjection is nothing very great; but to be humble in the mists of honours it’s a rare and great virtue indeed.
Holiness does not consist merely in avoiding the greater sin but in coming to the closest union with God.
Humility is essentially reverence for God and his works.
Providence brings us to himself by the circumstances of our lives. Among these circumstances the most important is failure. Failure is an unpleasant word and a more unpleasant reality. The ego flees from it. So does the world. But God uses it in our lives with a definite purpose. If it endured aright it has a transforming effect on us that few other experiences have. Failure will get rid of pride and self sufficiency.
If the armour of our pride is to be pierced, if the subtlety of our ego is to be defeated, if the self is to be left completely naked and exposed in his native helplessness, failure is needed. Not only that when it comes we must not be discouraged by it, but see in it the loving hand of God freeing us from the prison of our self sufficiency. God will use failure to bring about a definite condition of soul in us which can hardly be obtained by any other means.
God has given us this life for one purpose that is to prepare for the vision of him hereafter. (Fr. Nivard Kinsella)
I can tell whether I have a spiritual or material focus by:
1) How I act when I have a conflict of interest or are in competition with someone else
2) How content I am with GOD’s plan with my life, no matter what GOD’s plan is for others
3) How I react to others who hinder me from attaining my own desires.
The Spirit of God, will not and cannot reside in a heart that is not humble (pride is the cause of all sins). In order for the nature of Jesus Christ to came alive in us something in us must first die …our pride.
Humble: To destroy the power of independence.
Pride and faith are irreconcilably at variance, we shall learn that faith and humility are at root one, and that we never can have more of true faith than we have of true humility.
Humility is the blossom of which death to self, is the perfect fruit.
Humility must lead us to die to self.
Humility is one of the chief and the highest graces ; one of the most difficult of attainment ; one to which our first and chiefest efforts ought to be directed.
Pride is ours, and rules in us with such terrible power, because it is ourself, our very nature. Humility must be ours in the same way ; it must be our very self, our very nature.
The only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct ; the insignificances of daily life are the importances and the tests of eternity, because they prove what really is the spirit that possesses us.
Humility before God is nothing if not proved in humility before men. The humble man feels no jealousy or envy.
Pride that makes faith impossible. ” How can ye believe, which receive glory from one another” (John 5 :44).
As we see how in their very nature pride and faith are irreconcilably at variance, we shall learn that faith and humility are at the root one, and that we can never have of true faith than we have of true humility.
We need only think for a moment what faith is. Is it not the confession of nothingness and helplessness, the surrender and the waiting to to let God work? Is it not in itself the most humbling thing there can be,—the acceptance of our place as dependents, who can claim or get or do nothing but what grace bestows .
Humility is simply the disposition which prepares the soul for living on trust. And every, even the most secret breathing of pride, in self-seeking, self-will, self-confidence, or self-exaltation, is just the strengthening of that self which cannot enter the kingdom, or possess the things of the kingdom, because it refuses to allow God to be what He is and must be there—the All in All.
Accept every humiliation, look upon every fellow-man who tries or vexes you, as a means of grace to humble you. Use every opportunity of humbling yourself before your fellow-men as a help to abide humble before God.
Every Christian virtually passes through these two stages in his pursuit of humility. In the first he fears and flees and seeks deliverance from all that can humble him. He has not yet learnt to seek humility at any cost. He has accepted the command to be humble, and seeks to obey it, though only to find how utterly he fails.
He prays for humility, at times very earnestly ; but in his secret heart he prays more, if not in word, then in wish, to be kept from the very things that will make him humble.
In his pursuit of it, and his prayer for it, there is still somewhat of a sense of burden and of bondage ; to humble himself has not yet become the spontaneous expression of a life and a nature that is essentially humble. It has not yet become his joy and only pleasure. He cannot yet say, ‘ Most gladly do I glory in weakness, I take pleasure in whatever humbles me.’ (Andrew Murray)
L’Umilta e la Verita’ coincidono, la Verita’ va cercata nell’ Umilta’ (Angelo Piai)
123. The humility of knowledge consists in recognizing and holding ourselves in our inmost soul to be inferior to all, and that is why Jesus Christ advises us in His gospel to take the lowest place: “Sit down in the lowest place.” [Luke xiv, 10] He does not tell us to sit down in a place in the middle, nor in one of the last, but in the last; that is we ought to have such an opinion of ourselves that we must esteem ourselves inferior to all, as St. Bernard exclaims: “That thou shouldst take thy seat alone and least of all, not only not putting thyself before others, but not even daring to compare thyself with others.” [Serm. 37 in Cant.]
The reason is that you do not know but that those whom you deem inferior to yourself, and above whom you exalt yourself, may not be far more dear to God, and be placed hereafter at the right hand of the Highest.
The truly humble man believes that everyone is better than himself, and that he is the worst of all. But are you really humble like this in your own opinion? You easily compare yourself with this one and that one, but to how many do you not prefer yourself with the pride of the Pharisee: “I am not as the rest of men.” [Luke xviii, 11] When you prefer yourself to others it often seems as if you speak with a certain humility and modesty, saying: By the grace of God I have not the vices of such an one: By the grace of God I have not committed so many grievous sins as such an one. But is it really true that you recognize that you owe all this to the grace of God, and that you give Him the glory rather than to yourself? If you esteem yourself more highly than such an one, and if he in his turn esteems himself inferior to you, he is therefore humbler than you, and for that reason better.(Fr. Cajetan Mary da Bergamo.)
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