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Mother Teresa’s List of Humility

Practical ways to cultivate a mild and humble spirit ...

Mother Teresa (L) gives her blessing to a child at the Gift of Love Home on October 20, 1993, in Singapore. The 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner is on a stop-over while enroute to China where she will set up a fist home for Chinese handicapped children in Shanghai. AFP PHOTO ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, the soon-to-be saint — who experienced decades of spiritual darkness while working among the poorest of the poor — also had a practical and down-to-earth (and very memorable) way of speaking and teaching what she knew. Here is how she advised us to cultivate humility in our lives.

“These are the few ways we can practice humility:

To speak as little as possible of one’s self.

To mind one’s own business.

Not to want to manage other people’s affairs.

To avoid curiosity.

To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.

To pass over the mistakes of others.

To accept insults and injuries.

To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.

To be kind and gentle even under provocation.

Never to stand on one’s dignity.

To choose always the hardest.”

―Mother Teresa, The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living