The Way of to Life and Happiness: Humility

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“Love has triumphed over hatred, life has conquered death, light has dispelled the darkness!”   Pope Francis, Easter 2015 Ubi et Orbi    Detail from a mosaic in the Rosary Basilica of Lourdes photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) From Easter 2015 Ubi et Orbi by Pope Francis:  “Out of love for us, Jesus Christ stripped himself of His divine glory, emptied Himself, took on the form of a slave and humbled Himself even to death, death on a cross… By His death and resurrection, Jesus shows everyone the way to life and happiness: this way is humility, which involves humiliation.…continued

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He Humbles and He Exalts

“My heart exults in the Lord: he humbles and he exalts.”  from the Morning Prayer Canticle, January 9th So often we think that “being humbled” is a bad thing. It may be a painful thing, but for a Christian it is most certainly a good thing, particularly when it is the Lord our Good God humbling us. Being humbled by God helps us to see who we really are, it strips away the protective pride that surrounds us. Only as we see more and more who we really are can we appreciate who God really is. Our littleness contrasts to His…continued

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Humility of Heart & Confidence in God

We needn’t be afraid of our weakness, our nothingness. Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen explains in my favorite book, Divine Intimacy: “…for it is the consciousness of our nothingness which leads us to put all our confidence in God, and the greater this confidence becomes in us, the more convinced we are of our nothingness….I have to acknowledge new failures every day; daily I must begin anew. The more we suffer because of our wretchedness, the more we should run to Jesus, with full confidence in the power of  His Redemption… Let us not be discouraged; if we can humbly acknowledge…continued

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Loving Our Neighbor, Following God’s Will, and Trusting God

“To be a servant of God means to have a great charity toward one’s neighbor and an unshakable resolution to follow the divine Will in all things, trusting in God with simplicity and humility, bearing with one’s defects and patiently tolerating the imperfections of others. ”  St. Francis de Sales Spiritual Diary by the Daughters of St. Paul Just as we must “love our neighbors as ourselves” we also tolerate their defects as we tolerate our own. This is not about feelings, or accepting that we must live forever with the faults we have, or that we should allow ourselves…continued

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Beloved Brides of Christ

The Church is the Bride of Christ and so as we bask in the joy of Christ’s resurrection it is appropriate to consider our relationship with the Risen One. This spousal relationship extends to us personally, inviting us to a real intimacy with Christ. Think of the language used in Song of Songs, where the Lord speaks to us as our Beloved, as one longing for intimacy with us. “Ah, you are beautiful my beloved!” and “Arise my beloved, my beautiful one and come” Song of Songs 1:15 and 2:13 Doesn’t that love spoken to you in God’s Word touch your…continued

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Precious Little Gifts

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Our sufferings and pains can become little gifts for God if we wrap them in our love for Him, decorate them with our trust in Him, and then approach the foot of the cross to present them to Him with humility. We ask Him to accept these precious little gifts from our small hands as we gaze upon Him in adoration. This may not lessen our pain, but it does sanctify the pain, giving meaning to what we must endure anyway. Whether the pain is physical or emotional – chronic pain, struggles with depression, a broken heart – we can take something that appears ugly and allow…continued

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Don’t Just Pray for Those Who Persecute Us

“Let us refrain from complaining, nursing a grudge, or speaking evil of those who obviously dislike us, oppose our plans and advancement, or even persecute us with injuries, injustice and calumnies. Let us continue to treat them as well as always, or even better, and if we can, show them respect, speak well of them, do good to them, serve them in their needs and, if necessary, even accept humiliation and contempt in order to save their honor.” St Vincent de Paul, Spiritual Diary: Selected Sayings and Examples of Saints I must admit that I relish complaining when I have…continued

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