September 15, 2020
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Tag: Humility

There Is Something You Can Do

Once there was an elderly woman named Mrs. Gunderson who lived in a big house near the edge of town. The house was run down, because she was too weak to take care of it properly; she tried her best to maintain it, but it was more than she could...

The Unity of Peter

The great inventor Thomas Edison was not a religious man, but he had a genuine respect for those who sincerely practiced their faith.  For instance, for over sixty years he generously contributed to several orders of religious sisters, especially...

Striving for Humility

An American missionary priest spent many years in Taiwan helping the poor, and he was very experienced and very good at what he did. When he returned to the United States, he became involved in a different kind of missionary work: a movement in New...

The Lord Gives Us Worth

The Pharisees desired to attain self-worth by jockeying for the places of honor at the banquets attended also by Jesus. The Gospel, elsewhere, tells us that they always did that. They coveted the more honorable places as well as respect...

Rediscovering Humility

In a recent essay I traced the problem of divisiveness in modern America to our culture’s overemphasis on SELF—notably self-esteem and self-actualization—and suggested that the solution lies in renewed appreciation of the virtue of humility...

Regarding Courage, Integrity, and Humility

During the American Revolutionary War, a distinguished gentleman in civilian clothing observed a corporal in the uniform of the Continental Army ordering his men to move a large beam. Because it was very heavy and the men were struggling with it...

The Blessings of Lent

All Christians know the story of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection by heart. They know, as well, the incomparable blessing bestowed by those events, succinctly expressed in the words, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only...

Preparing for Future Happiness

Early in the 20th century there was a German Jewish author named Franz Kafka who wrote gripping but disturbing stories of people desperately searching for salvation in a cruel and depressing world. One of these stories is titled The Castle, in which...