Quote/s of the Day – 20 June – Wednesday Eleventh Week of Ord Time Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 6:1-6.16-18
“Speaking of: Humility”
“God resists the proud
but gives grace to the humble”
“Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues,
hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist,
there cannot be any other virtue,
except in mere appearance.”
“It was pride that changed angels into devils;
it is humility that makes men as angels.”
St Augustine (354-430) Doctor of Grace
“As patience leads to peace
and study to science,
so are humiliations,
the path that leads to humility.”
St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Mellifluous Doctor
“In the difficulties which are placed before me,
why should I not act like a donkey?
When one speaks ill of him – the donkey says nothing.
When he is mistreated – he says nothing.
When he is forgotten – he says nothing.
When no food is given him – he says nothing.
When he is made to advance – he says nothing.
When he is despised – he says nothing.
When he is overburdened – he says nothing.
The true servant of God must do likewise
and say with David:
“Before Thee I have become like a beast of burden.”
St Alphonsus Rodriguez (1532-1617)
in not esteeming ourselves above other men
and in not seeking
to be esteemed above them.”
“Humility makes our lives
acceptable to God,
meekness makes us
acceptable to men.”
“If, when stung by slander or ill-nature,
we wax proud and swell with anger,
it is a proof that our gentleness
and humility are unreal
and mere artificial show.”
“The highest point of humility
consists in not merely acknowledging one’s abjection
but in taking pleasure therein,
not from any want of breadth or courage
but to give the more glory to God’s Divine Majesty
and to esteem one’s neighbour,
more highly than one’s self.”
St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of Charity
“The truly humble
reject all praise for themselves
and refer it all to God.”