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Supplies for the Journey: Part 12

Hawthorn blossomIn my previous blogs on Supplies on the Journey, I covered openness, courage, faith, hope, trust, attentiveness, reflectiveness, wakefulness, wonder, awe, gratefulness, perseverance, self-image, self-esteem, compassion, and forgiveness as helpful provisions along our spiritual journey. The last supply for our pilgrimage is humility. I am sure you can add other supplies to this list.

Although humility has been in other peoples’ blogs, it is important that this trait is included as one of the Supplies. I do not want to duplicate what others have said about humility. Consequently, this blog will be a short reflection on humility.

St. Augustine says that humility is the core of all other virtues. St. Gregory the Great describes humility as “the mistress and mother other of all the virtues” (Moralia, xxxiii, 13).

Why is humility so essential on our journey? True humility is grounded in reality. It is awareness of our strengths, giftedness, shortcomings, and challenges while neither exaggerating our accomplishments and skills nor trivializing them. Humility is grasping the truth about ourselves in relation to God, others, and also in relation to ourselves. This awareness is an on-going process. It is a journey of conversion.

  • Humble persons recognize and accept that they are not the center of the universe.
  • Humble persons recognize that a higher power (God) is the center of the universe.
  • Humble persons recognize and celebrate the gifts, skills, and giftedness of others.
  • Humble persons acknowledge their mistakes and also their giftedness.
  • Humble persons step back at times to let others blossom.
  • Humble persons are open to the opinions and suggestions of others.
  • Humble persons listen compassionately to others.
  • Humble persons speak encouragement to others.
  • Humble persons have grateful hearts.
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True humility is self-honesty not self-depreciation, self- abasement or being a doormat for others. Next time someone gives you a compliment, say “thank you”. It is also a compliment to a gracious and generous God. Don’t deny the gifts God has given you; share them with others.

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By Sister Marie Leonard, OSB

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