LET US BE HUMBLE
“Humility is the great means for obtaining the love of God. It is our pride which prevents us from becoming saints. Pride is the chain running through the chaplet of all the vices, humility, the chain running through the chaplet of all the virtues.
The saints knew themselves better than other people, that is why they were humble.
Alas! it is incomprehensible how and on what grounds such insignificant creatures as we are, can be proud. A little heap of dust about as large as a nut: that is what we shall become after our death. There is surely great cause for pride!
LIKE A PAIR OF SCALES
Humility is like a pair of scales – the more we lower ourselves on one side, the higher we are raised on the other.
The proud man believes that all he does is well done; he wishes to domineer over those with whom he comes in contact, he is always right; he always thinks his opinion better than that of others. The humble and well-instructed man if asked his opinion, gives it simply, and then lets others speak. Whether they be right or wrong, he says no more.
When Saint Aloysius of Gonzaga was a student, he never sought to excuse himself, if he was reproached for anything, he said what he thought, and did not trouble himself further about what others thought. If he was wrong, he was wrong; if he was right, he said to himself: ‘I have been wrong on other occasions.'”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905