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A Call to Humility in the Mystery of the Seven Thunders

April 24, 2018 1 Comment
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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The Need for Two Pockets

January 28, 2018 3 Comments
The Need for Two Pockets

Like so many things in life, self-esteem needs to be balanced. The balance is between humility and pride. The following is attributed to Rabbi Simcha Bunim, one of the leaders of Hasidic Judaism in Poland in the late 1700s and early 1800s: Everyone must have two pockets so that he can reach into one or […]

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Advice for the Married: Don’t Forget the Gifts in Strange Packages

January 21, 2018 4 Comments
Advice for the Married: Don’t Forget the Gifts in Strange Packages

In his book Humility Rules (which I think should be read as Humility Rules!), Fr. J. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B. offers some insight into the humility of patience, forgiveness, and mercy. Fr. Wetta recalls a situation in which he was asked to preach at the wedding of his best friend. As a monk, he was not […]

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Meanwhile We Pray – In Humility, Always in Humility

October 26, 2017 3 Comments
Meanwhile We Pray – In Humility, Always in Humility

We are often quite certain that we know what is best for us. Therefore, we pray, asking God for good health, prosperity, or victory in some cause. But what if it is better for us to be unhealthy, to be poor, or to lose? Can we really say we know what is best and confidently […]

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On the Sin of Rash Judgment, as Seen in a Commercial

August 18, 2017 4 Comments
On the Sin of Rash Judgment, as Seen in a Commercial

One of the most commonly committed—yet least often confessed—sins, is that of rash judgment. The commercial below humorously depicts the sin and how wrong we can sometimes be. In reality, the sin is not often humorous and can lead us to some very dark places. On account of rash judgments, we may harbor grudges, resentments, […]

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