Sunday, August 22, 2010

True humility…

“It is almost impossible to overestimate the value of true humility and its power in the spiritual life. For the beginning of humility is the beginning of blessedness and the consummation of humility is the perfection of all joy. Humility contains in itself the answer to all the great problems of the life of the soul. It is the only key to faith, with which the spiritual life begins: for faith and humility are inseparable. In perfect humility all selfishness disappears and your soul no longer lives for itself or in itself for God: and it is lost and submerged in Him and transformed into Him.” Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation – with thanks also to Friar Rex.

2 comments:

  1. There is something in the air, Mike... I've read at least a half-dozen posts on humility within the last day or two, and two newsletter subscriptions I receive on a regular basis also had humility as the theme over the last few days. It seems the Lord wants to emphasize this right now, and His listening "instruments" are hearing and spreading the word...

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  2. That's a lovely way to put it, Gabrielle - God's listening instruments picking up and spreading the signal! You're right, though. It does work this way, doesn't it?

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