Dec 22nd - Humility
Hello Everyone: Sorry this is posted so late! Yesterday was a beautiful quote by Archbishop Fulton Sheen on the mystery of Love. I pointed out that it is obvious and evident that one is not capable of loving if one is prideful. Humility is a necessary foundation. One only needs to look at Jesus to see this. He humbled Himself and became man in order to save us. This could make a daily meditation all by itself - God becoming man - truly a humbling idea! Here is a beautiful quote for us on humility. Again, as with all of his quotes - there is so much to meditate on. Here it is:
"There is a close relation between physical littleness, which is childhood, and mental littleness, which is humility. We can not always be children, which is another way of saying we can be humble. And so in the spiritual order, the law remains ever the same: if human beings are ever to discover anything big, they must always be making themselves little; if they magnify their ego to the infinite, they will discover nothing, for there is nothing bigger than the infinite; but if they reduce their ego to zero, then they will discover everything big -- for there is nothing smaller than the self. How, then, shall we find the reason behind the joy? Just as it is only by being little that we discover anything big, so it is only by being humble that we find an Infinite God in the form of a little child." Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Again, this is so profound. Some of the saints have told us that if we knew how much humility would afford us - we would LOOK for humiliations in order to grow in humility. Archbishop Fulton Sheen use to say - if you think prayer is not answered, then just ask for suffering and see how quickly that is answered. I would like to add that if you pray for humiliations to grow in humility - this too will be answered quickly. Our Lord and Our Lady want us to grow in humility! Therefore, let us not shun humiliations! Let us embrace them in order for the graces to grow in love and knowledge so that we may draw closer to God! Think of the peace this would bring!
Holy Mother Mary, please pray for us to be truly humble in order to find Truth and Love so that the peace that was given to us on that first Christmas morning may be felt in our very souls!
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Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!