" I implore you, my child; observe heaven and earth, consider all that is in them, and acknowledge that God made them out of nothing (ex nihilo), and that mankind comes into being in the same way..." 2 Maccabees 7:28

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Humility... (sigh)

BroRo and I were talking tonight; I was telling him how I was writing an email today and, in the reread, I realized how arrogant it sounded. So I edited it, to make it sound more humble. And as I was doing so I thought to myself that, in the end, humility is just a virtue that can't be faked. True humility, when we see it, is jarring in its simplicity.

The closest I can get to true humility is to admit that I ain't got it. Lord, don't let me blow these chances that you offer me, I don't want to spend my life admiring humility from afar, but never being intimately acquainted with it.


hopeyg said...

Oh yes the elusive virtue of humility. But you know what, true humility can look pretty darn arrogant sometimes. Just look at Mary's Magnificat. "all generations will call me blessed" may seem to be a rather arrogant thing to say, but she said it with complete humility.

Sheila said...

To me, humility is having a quiet confidence or knowing... It's the moments in life when people don't seek validation from outward sources, but just deep inside they are on the right path. When we have this deep knowing in us, it's portrayed to the world as confidence and not arrogance. We do what we do simply because we know it's right.

Anonymous said...

Hi Faith! I don´t have your email. Email me penelope@ignatius.com
Hope all is going well. I was hoping to see you at Julie´s bday party but you weren´t able to come. Am praying for you.
Love, Nellie

Anonymous said...

Oh, PS. I remember reading that St. Teresa of Avila said humility is walking hand in hand with the truth. I guess that would be the truth that we are nothing without God and that all we have and all our talents, our job, our family, etc. is a gift from God.

charity said...

Really? I thought humility was showing up to school in your underwear? -What do I know?