TRUE HUMILITY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT ALL THE GOOD WE HAVE COMES FROM GOD.
To be humble does not mean to go around dirty and unkempt. It does not mean being indifferent to all that happens around us and constantly failing to exercise our rights. Much less does it mean to go around proclaiming silly things about ourselves. There can be no humility if we are theatrical or if we are hypocrites, because humility is truth.
In spite of the limitless goodness of God our Lord, he will not be able to sanctify us or save us without our consent and without our will. And without him, neither will we accomplish anything worthwhile. Just as you can see fields producing different kinds of fruit, so you see souls produce different fruits of holiness – although in truth, no one is good but God alone: he is the one who makes the field fertile, he is the one who gives the seed the possibility of multiplying. And he is the one who confers on an apparently withered twig the power to take root. He it is who has blessed human nature with his grace, thus enabling it to act in a Christian way, and to be happy struggling in the hope of that future life which is everlasting happiness and love. My children, humility is knowing that neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.St. Josemaria
It is not a lack of humility to be aware of the progress of your soul – That way you can thank God for it. -But don’t forget that you are a poor fellow, wearing a good suit… on loan. (St. Josemaria).
As I wrote you many years ago, even the spoiled fruit, the dead twigs and the fallen leaves, when buried at the foot of the tree, can strengthen the tree that bore them. How could our mistakes and our errors, in a word, our sins – which we do not want, which we abhor – have done us any good? They have, because contrition followed, and we were ashamed and anxious to do better, and cooperate with God’s grace. Through humility, what was dead is converted into life. What was going to cause sterility and failure, turns into victory and an abundance of fruit. (St. Josemaria).
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