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  The Way > Humility > Chap. 27
589

When you hear your success being applauded, let there also sound in your ears the laughter you provoked with your failures.


590

Don't wish to be like the gilded weather-cock on top of a great building: however much it shines, and however high it stands, it adds nothing to the solidity of the building.

Rather be like an old stone block hidden in the foundations, underground, where no one can see you: because of you the house will not fall.


591

The more I am exalted, Jesus, the more I want you to humble me in my heart, showing me what I have been, and what I will be if you leave me.


592

Don't forget that you are a... dust-bin. That's why if by any chance the divine Gardener lays his hands on you, and scrubs and cleans you, and fills you with magnificent flowers, neither the scent nor the colour that embellish your ugliness should make you proud.

Humble yourself: don't you know that you are the rubbish bin?


593

The day you see yourself as you are, you will think it natural to be despised by others.


594

You are humble not when you humble yourself, but when you are humbled by others and you bear it for Christ.


595

If you knew yourself, you would find joy in being despised and your heart would weep before honours and praise.


596

Don't worry if they see your defects; the offence against God and the scandal you may give; that is what should worry you.

Apart from this, may you be known for what you are and be despised. Don't be sorry to be nothing, since then Jesus will have to be everything for you.


597

If you were to obey the impulses of your heart and the dictates of reason, you would always be flat on the ground, prostrate, like a

filthy worm, ugly and miserable, before that God who puts up with so much from you.


598

How great the value of humility! — Quia respexit humilitatem... It is not of her faith, nor of her charity, nor of her immaculate purity that our Mother speaks in the house of Zachary. Her joyful hymn sings:

'Since he has looked on my humility, all generations will call me blessed.'


599

You are dust — fallen and dirty. Even though the breath of the holy Spirit should lift you above all the things of the earth and make you shine like gold, as your misery reflects in those heights the sovereign rays of the Sun of Justice, do not forget the lowliness of your state.

An instant of pride would cast you back to the ground; and, having been light, you would again become dirt.


600

You... proud? About what?


601

Pride? Why Before long — years, days, — you will be a heap of rotting flesh: worms, foul-smelling liquids, filthy shreds of cloth, and no one, on earth, will remember you.


602

For all your learning, for all your fame, your eloquence and power, if you are not humble, you are worth nothing. Cut out, root out that self-complacency which dominates you so completely. — God will help you — and then you will be able to begin working for Christ, in the lowest place in his army of apostles.


603

That false humility is laziness. Such humbleness is a handy way of giving up rights that are really duties.


604

Humbly acknowledge your weakness so that, with the Apostle, you can say: 'It is when I am weak that I am strong'.


605

'Father, how can you listen to such filth?' you asked me, after a contrite confession.

I said nothing, and thought that if your humility makes you feel like that, — filth: a heap of filth! — we may yet turn all your weakness into something really great.


606

See how humble Jesus is: a donkey was his throne in Jerusalem!


607

Humility is another good way to arrive at interior peace. He has said so: 'Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart: and you will find rest for your souls.'


608

It is not a lack of humility to be aware of the progress of your soul. Then you can thank God for it.

But don't forget that you are a poor beggar, wearing a good suit... on loan.


609

Self-knowledge leads us by the hand, as it were, to humility.


610

Your firm defence of the spirit and norms of the apostolate in which you work should never falter through false humility. That firmness is not pride: it is the cardinal virtue of fortitude.


611

Because of pride. — You were already becoming convinced that you, by yourself, were equal to anything. He left you for a moment, and you fell headlong. — Be humble and his extraordinary aid will not fail you.


612

Get rid of those proud thoughts: you are but the brush in the hand of the artist. And nothing more.

Tell me: of what use is a brush, if it won't let the painter do his work?


613

If you wish to be humble — you, who are so empty and self-satisfied — just consider these words of Isaias: you are 'a drop of water or dew that falls on the ground and is scarcely seen.'


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