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Saint of the Day: St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Once you think you have me, you’ve lost me. What am I?

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 02/04/11

Humility.

A friend posted this on her Facebook page, and it seems too good not to share. Here are some thoughts, then, on humility from the writings of Saint Josemaria Escriva:

The Seventeen Evidences of a Lack of Humility 1. To think that what one says or does is better than what others say or do 2. To always to want to get your own way 3. To argue with stubbornness and bad manners whether you are right or wrong 4. To give your opinion when it has not been requested or when charity does not demand it 5. To look down on another’s point of view 6. Not to look on your gifts and abilities as lent 7. Not to recognize that you are unworthy of all honors and esteem, not even of the earth you walk on and things you possess 8. To use yourself as an example in conversations 9. To speak badly of yourself so that others will think well of you or contradict you 10. To excuse yourself when you are corrected 11. To hide humiliating faults from your spiritual director, so that he will not change the impression he has of you 12. To take pleasure in praise and compliments 13. To be saddened because others are held in higher esteem 14. To refuse to perform inferior tasks 15. To seek to stand out 16. To refer in conversation to your honesty, genius, dexterity, or professional prestige 17. To be ashamed because you lack certain goods
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