St Mark

…and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon him, because he cares for you…resist [the adversary], firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accopmlished by your [brothers and sisters] who are in the world.
                                                                                     1 Peter 5: 5-9

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What more could I possibly have to say? Humility marks Christian life above all else. There is more to to be said (Peter goes on to say a good deal), because humility is difficult to practice and impossible to ‘achieve.’ Just at the moment we think we’ve become humble, we find ourselves taking some small satisfaction (not to say pride) in that knowledge, and down we’ve slid once again.

And yet humility is the way forward, the way of resistance, the evidence of our firmness in faith. It is also a virtue we practice in solidarity, suffering together with those all around the world. When in doubt, try humility; when it is difficult, remember that you are not alone. When it seems impossible, cast yourself upon the Lord, and remember that Jesus has gone this way before you.

Deo gratias.

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