WHY IS HUMILITY NECESSARY FOR HOLINESS AND SALVATION?
There is no greater road to travel than the way of love, but only the humble can travel it. These words of St Augustine are a excellent commentary on the passage of the Gospel from Mt 11: 25:
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was your gracious will.”
- Holiness and salvation are not possible without the virtue of humility for we are called to live the virtues Christ lived and taught during his life on earth.
- Moreover, daily conversion requires acknowledging one’s sins as its point of departure, so as to ask pardon from God and be pardoned by Him in the Sacrament of Confession; and for this, humility is indispensable.
- To a certain extent all virtue can be seen as an expression of humility, in line with St. Josemaria’s teaching:
St. Josemaria gives us a reliable test to recognize it: Are you truly humble? Can you mortify your self-love, for the sake of charity? Can you accept those humiliations which God asks of you, in unimportant things which don’t obscure the truth? What is it that makes charity sluggish? Quite simply, pride. So,ask our Lord to grant you humility, because if pride is not taken in hand promptly, with the passage of time it only gets worse (St. Josemaria).
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