Saints on Humility

Saint Teresa of Avila – Beware of false humility from the devil:

Now be on your guard, daughters, against some types of humility given by the devil in which great disquiet is felt about the gravity of our sins. This disturbance can afflict in many ways even to the point of making one give up receiving Communion and practicing private prayer. These things are given up because the devil makes one feel unworthy. . . . The situation gets so bad that the soul thinks God has abandoned it because of what it is; it almost doubts His mercy. . .  Humility does not disturb or disquiet or agitate, however great it may be; it comes with peace, delight, and calm. . . . The pain of genuine humility doesn’t agitate or afflict the soul; rather, this humility expands it and enables it to serve God more.

Saint Teresa of Avila – Value of humility:

There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world.

Saint Faustina – True humility:

He who wants to learn true humility should reflect upon the Passion of Jesus. (267)

The soul’s true greatness is in loving God and in humbling oneself in His presence, completely forgetting oneself and believing oneself to be nothing; because the Lord is great, but He is well-pleased only with the humble; He always opposes the proud.

St Bernard of Clairvaux – Importance of humiliating situations:

‘As patience leads to peace, and study to science, so are humiliations the path that leads to humility.’

From The Imitation of Christ:

Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars.

A proud and avaricious man never rests, whereas he who is poor and humble of heart lives in a world of peace. The humble live in continuous peace, while in the hearts of the proud are envy and frequent anger.

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