The root of humility is not looking down upon oneself but choosing to love others and putting them first. Humility is necessary to be holy, but humility is also so difficult because being selfish is so easy.
Saint John of the Cross proposed a different path: “Always prefer to be taught by all, rather than to desire teaching even the least of all” and “Rejoice in the good of others as if it were your own, and desire that they be given precedence over you in all things; this you should do wholeheartedly. You will thereby overcome evil with good, banish the devil, and possess a happy heart. Try to practice this all the more with those who least attract you. Realize that if you do not train yourself in this way, you will not attain real charity or make any progress in it.”
Pope Francis “Humility can only take root in the heart through humiliations. Without them, there is no humility or holiness. If you are unable to suffer and offer up a few humiliations, you are not humble and you are not on the path to holiness.”
Featured Saint of this episode is Saint Edmund Campion, S.J., He was an English Roman Catholic Jesuit priest and martyr. His feast is celebrated on 1 December.
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