February 17, 2020
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Tag: Humility

The Scarcest Virtues

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. (Matthew 11:29) It is trendy, nowadays, for farmers such as those in my native province of Treviso, Italy, to hang yokes on the walls...

“Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace”

The prayer that begins with this petition is my favorite and the favorite of millions of people of various religious denominations around the world. A musical version of the prayer, “Make me a channel of your peace,” is also popular with church...

A Reflection on Pride and Humility

Two of Jesus’ parables give special emphasis to humility. The Parable of the Guests (Luke 14) explains how being humble would spare a guest embarrassment. The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18), explains that a humbler penitent...

Our Transition from Pride to Humility

I know it couldn’t have happened, but imagine that the Pharisee in the famous Gospel parable had gone to confession. No doubt the exchange with his confessor would have gone something like this: Pharisee: Bless me, Father, for my wife, kids...

Foolishly Forsaking Humility

In 1980 Mac Davis wrote “Oh, Lord, It’s Hard to be Humble (if you’re perfect in every way)” He was not disparaging humility, of course, but having fun with the human tendency to overweening pride and self-importance. Yet ironically, at that very...

True Humility

A highly educated, self-important university professor found himself sitting next to an elderly farmer on a long airline flight. The professor had a very high IQ and was used to being the smartest person in the room, so in his arrogance he decided...

Giving Jesus a Pass?

Sunday after Sunday we give Jesus a pass. We do not question what he says and what he does because we believe that he is the Son of God; he is our Savior; he is the Way, the Truth and the Life. But this time we cannot give him a pass. In the Gospel...

Why Humility is Critical

In the Book of Sirach (3:17), we are told to, “Conduct your affairs with humility.” Likewise, in the Gospel of Luke (14:11), we’re told that “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” So the...