Funny thing, humility.

St. Bernard defines humility as, ” A virtue by which a man knowing himself as he truly is, abases himself. Jesus Christ is the ultimate definition of Humility.”

St. Thomas Aquinas says humility, “consists in keeping oneself within one’s own bounds, not reaching out to things above one, but submitting to one’s superior.”

In modern terms, I think, humility is the practice of not making it all about me.

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So what’s so funny about that?  The harder I work at humility, the more I can see the pride of others.  The more I see that pride, the more it bothers me.  Why does it bother me?  Because they’re making everything all about them.  In other words, they’re not making anything about me.  Which, if I’m expecting anything to be about me, I’m the one making it all about me.  Which means I need to work harder at humility.

That’s pretty funny.

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3 comments

  1. Wow! You hit the nail right on the head with this post. The vicious cycle of striving for humility and ending up wallowing in pride is all too familiar to me. Unfortunately!

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