[Note: We cannot allow ourselves to forget the virtues and the wisdom of a bygone era in this modern, post-Christian age, as in this instruction regarding humility from Rev. William Ullathorne (1806-1889), excerpted from his newly-revised book, “Patience & Humility.”]
The least known among the virtues, and consequently the most misunderstood, is the virtue of humility, and yet it is the very groundwork of the Christian religion. Humility is a grace of the soul that cannot be expressed in words, and is known only by experience. “Learn,” He said – not from angels, not from men, not from books – but learn from my presence, light, and action within you, “that I am meek and humble of heart, and you shall find rest to your souls.”
Humility consists in the confession of the grace of God. The grand object for which we came into existence is more than the light and grace of God; it is God Himself, and those gifts are not given to guide and lead and help us to Him. We are not our own God, nor are the things around or beneath us our God, however useful in their place and order, but God is our God, and whatever comes from God that is better than ourselves helps us grow closer to Him.
Pride is the practical denial of this truth, a truth that springs from the constitution of our nature. And therefore it is said in the Holy Scriptures that “pride was not made for man.” Again, humility is the interior, spiritual, sacrificial action through which, with the profoundest veneration and gratitude, we offer to God the being and the life we have received from Him, with the desire and prayer that we may die to ourselves and live to Him; that we may be wholly changed and transformed into His likeness, detached from earth and united with God.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, William Ullathorne