Humbling yourself for the glory of God is the goal. Yet how does a person get to that point with regularity? Once again, I draw on Fr. Jonathan Morris, from www.christophers.org to shed some light on the subject:
Fr. Morris says the first thing to do is to ask God for the virtue of Humility, and then to prepare ourselves for receipt of the grace by centering our minds, hearts and actions on others rather than on ourselves; to think less often about ourselves and more often about what we can do for others. I think this is great advice – advice that I have begun to follow myself.
I’ll end the discussion on this virtue where I began, with Mother Teresa. Here are her widely publicized 15 Points of Humility. These suggestions are the best ways for humbling yourself for the glory of God:
- Speak as little as possible about yourself.
- Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
- Avoid curiosity.
- Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
- Accept small irritations with good humor.
- Do not dwell on the faults of others.
- Accept censures even if unmerited.
- Give in to the will of others.
- Accept insults and injuries.
- Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded.
- Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
- Do not seek to be admired and loved.
- Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity.
- Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
- Choose always the more difficult task.
Mother Teresa was one wise woman! I treasure these 15 Points of Humility and have begun incorporating them into my life!
As we complete our discussion on the virtue of Humility, we will next venture into discussion on the virtue of Unselfishness. Is Selfish Behavior Harming You? We’ll discuss the answer to that question in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!
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