HUMILITY: SOME SIGNS AND MANIFESTATIONS
- This is the way we should practise our dealings with others. At the foundation of our dealings we should place humility.
You have clashes of character with other people… That kind of thing is inevitable: you’re not a gold coin that everyone likes. Besides, without those clashes produced by your contact with your neighbour, how would you lose the rough edges and jagged points – the imperfections and defects – of your temper, so as to acquire the regular, polished and firmly gentle form of charity, of perfection?
If your character and the characters of those who live with you were soft and sweet like meringues, you would not become a saint.
This environment in our centres helps us to practise the Christian virtues and to be in a position to work and develop our human personality with dignity and calm. Our houses are as simple as the home in Nazareth that witnessed the hidden life of Jesus. They have the human and divine warmth of the home in Bethany which our Lord sanctified, seeking there true friendship, intimacy and understanding.
Always be very human, my children. To be very spiritual, very supernatural, we need to be very human and strive to have a deeply human grasp of life. God our Lord does not build on the disorder of an inhuman life. We have to understand others, to get along with them and forgive them, never being scandalized by anything or anyone: because this will encourage your brothers or sisters and make it easy for them to seek out your help.
Therefore, St. Josemaría advises, ask God boldly for this treasure, for the supernatural virtue of charity, so that you may practise it even in the smallest details.
Don’t be annoyed if I tell you that you are… unbearable. -Unless you correct your behaviour, you will never be useful.
It has cost you a lot to begin getting rid of those niggling worries and forgetting about those personal things you were looking forward to. They may have been few and not very splendid, but they were deeply rooted. In exchange, you are sure now that you are interested and concerned about your brothers, and only about them, for you have learned to discover Jesus Christ in your neighbour.