“For whom does God reserve His favours, His pledges of predestination to glory? Always and only for the humble, for those who think themselves only worthy of contempt, who abide tranquilly in the shade of modesty. Is it not of humility that it is written: ‘God considers closely the humble, but regards the proud from afar.’ What a thunderbolt for insensate pleasure-seekers, who believe themselves dust destined to dust! What a comforting ray for those delicate consciences which know only their faults, their weakness, their inner miseries!
ABIDING TRANQUILLY IN THE SHADE OF MODESTY
Is not God, Who beholds with an auspicious eye the prostration of the humble, more than the sun directing its rays of heat on the hidden seed of a flower? Is not God, who regards from afar the pretensions of the worldly and self-satisfied, the lightning bursting through the clouds to wither the haughty cedars? HUMILIA RESPICIT: God regards the humble. How admirably this expresses His thought for the humble, His care for them, His watchfulness on their behalf!
OUR GOOD GOD IS WATCHFUL ON OUR BEHALF
Is it not natural, besides; to be attentive to the one who neglects self, to think of one who forgets self, and to neglect one who is so full of himself, that there is no room in his heart for admiration of others? Pride is always selfish, and selfishness turns aside sympathy. If you are self-reliant, your indifference to others will be returned in kind. Others are attentive to us only when we forget self. Affection is only offered to him who believes himself in need of it, and who, consequently, is not self-reliant, but relies on God. The cry of need is heard a thousand times better than that of self-reliance.
If the myosotis did not hide timidly in the grass, it would lose its right to the title of ‘forget-me-not,’ and the moss which shelters it would be replaced by the scythe of the harvester.
LETTING THE SILENCE OF HUMILITY SPEAK
O sad hearts, dissatisfied with yourselves, because you know your wretchedness, that is, the gaping void of your life, almost equal to that of the tomb! Let the silence of your humility speak – and behold! you are surrounded with esteem, with veneration, with sympathetic interest of all. It is God who comes, with His following of noble spirits and true hearts, to salute you, to applaud you, to uplift you by His loving attention:h HUMILIA RESPICIT!”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905