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Humility in Prayer According to St. Teresa of Avila

July 9, 2018 2 Comments
Humility in Prayer According to St. Teresa of Avila

I have written before on humility in prayer as St. Augustine sets it forth. In today’s post I look to the same topic, but this time as St. Teresa of Avila presents it in her treatise The Way of Perfection. In setting forth her teaching, I have substantially reworked the order of her reflections. St. […]

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True Freedom, As Articulated in the Story of an Ancient Philosopher

June 21, 2018 2 Comments
True Freedom, As Articulated in the Story of an Ancient Philosopher

There is an old story that speaks to the true source of freedom: The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for his supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who said, “If you would learn to be more subservient to the king, you would not have to live on lentils.” Diogenes replied, “Learn […]

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What is Humility? What are Its Limits?

April 29, 2018 1 Comment
What is Humility? What are Its Limits?

This post is part of an occasional series on the virtues At its heart, humility is reverence for the truth about oneself. We are neither to esteem ourselves too highly nor despise ourselves as bereft of God’s gifts. By humility we acknowledge that we depend on God and the gifts of others but also that […]

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Humility is Hard – A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility

April 26, 2018 7 Comments
Humility is Hard – A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility

Pride is our most pervasive and serious sin. Humility is its antidote and the foundation of our spiritual life, and as the remedy to our most deep-seated pathology, it must be strong medicine. Humility is hard to swallow and has a lot of things it needs to work on. I. The Foundation of Humility – […]

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A Call to Humility in the Mystery of the Seven Thunders

April 24, 2018 2 Comments
A Call to Humility in the Mystery of the Seven Thunders

In the Office of Readings last week, we examined some of the more terrifying passages from the Book of Revelation, related to the seven trumpets, seals, and bowls of wrath. There is also a reference to the underreported “seven thunders,” reminding us that there are some things that are not for us to know. Then […]

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What a Pile of Dry Leaves Can Teach Us About Humility

April 18, 2018 0 Comments
What a Pile of Dry Leaves Can Teach Us About Humility

We tend to think that happiness is the result of the right circumstances or external factors. If I just have a little more money, or live in this place or that, or arrange the right sort of pleasures, or be with just the right people, then I will be happy. Of course, this doesn’t really […]

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Out of Pride and into Humility

March 13, 2018 2 Comments
Out of Pride and into Humility

In yesterday’s post, we considered the twelve steps of pride set forth by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In escalating ways, the twelve steps draw us to an increasingly mountainous and enslaving pride. St. Bernard also enumerates the twelve steps to deeper humility and it is these that we consider today. As with yesterday’s post, the […]

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Humility Lesson, as Seen in a Commercial

March 2, 2018 1 Comment
Humility Lesson, as Seen in a Commercial

Humility is often discovered in little ways. Misplacing my keys is a frequent method for me. I’ve got my plans in mind; I consider myself well-prepared for meeting I’m attending; now it’s time to go. Uh oh, where the heck are my keys? Mr. Cool as a Cucumber is now all hot and bothered, frantically […]

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