It seems that the dumbest mistakes occur on the heels of pride. Humility and obedience to God’s Church, with over 2,000 years of getting it right, are the way to go. We avoid a lot of buffoonery this way. There are times that people think we are fools because of our values, but we know the company we keep. Better to be a fool for Christ than for the world.
If there was ever one who had a right to be prideful, it was Jesus. Yet, Jesus was humble. “He who wants to learn true humility should reflect upon the Passion of Jesus.” – St Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul
If humility is good enough for God, it’s good enough for me. St Augustine once said, “There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.” He also said: “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” And this too: “Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”
“Better than not getting our way all the time, is letting God have his way in us. When we do that, the devil is the one who does not get his way. The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.” Saint Vincent de Paul.
“Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues. In the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.” Saint Augustine
“There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world.” Saint Teresa of Avila
“Indeed, a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars” Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ.
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