Humility

Blessings dear friends! This page will hold a list of resources to help us grow in humility. I put it up in response to this message that tells us “Humility is the antidote to the world’s ills.” Like all medicine, humility may seem hard to swallow, but when we think of the benefits, our desire to grow in humility should ignite into a glowing Flame of Love for the glory of God and the good of all. The results will echo in eternity. Blessed Mother, help us to follow you on the path of humility. Jesus, meek and humble of heart, help us!

Here are some articles to help us understand what it means to be humble. It is more complex–and more simple–than we think!

The Catholic Encyclopedia has a good article on it.

The Litany of Humility, is an ideal aid against inordinate desires that lead to pride. Notice it says “From the DESIRE of…..Jesus deliver me.” That means that when we are praised, extolled, loved, etc., these things are not wrong. It is when we DESIRE these things that we exit humility. Whether we are extolled or reviled it should elicit the same response in our souls—praised be Jesus in all things forever!

Here is an article by Edward Sri on Magnanimity and humility: Called to Greatness: The Virtue of Magnanimity

Here is an article from a non-Catholic source that also is helpful. I have not vetted the entire site, but this article on The Meaning of Humility is worth sharing.

If you have found other sites that will assist us in growing in this virtue, please pass them on and I will add them here.

 

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7 thoughts on “Humility

  1. Dear Peli

    Thank you for this. Humility is something I definitely need to work on continuously – with a chisel!

    You ask if we have other suggestions which may help in this virtue and I send, for your approval, this prayer. I am not sure if it is really from the 17th Century, or whether it was really written by a nun. At any rate, it is both humorous and very much to the point. For my part, I know I cringe with embarrassment each time I read it as I recognise myself in so much of it…..

    Seventeenth Century Nun’s Prayer

    Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

    Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of other’s pains, but help me to endure them with patience. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

    Keep me reasonably sweet; Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.

    Amen.

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  2. Peli, I don’t know if anyone else has had trouble with this or not but I can’t seem to get the link for Fr.Robert’s audio to go through. I keep getting an error page.

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  3. There is a terrific and inexpensive book called Humility Of Heart by Father Capitan Mary da Bergamo available through TAN books that anyone who is serious about trying to aquire the virtue of humility should have and read often. Also try this this prayer:

    Lord Jesus, today I offer Thee all my thoughts, all my words, all my actions. May they be thoughts of humility, words of humility, acts of humility. Lord Jesus, please give me a humble and contrite heart. Amen.

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