Talk about a job that is not very glamorous

One of the most vivid pictures of servant leadership we have is the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. Our God—our father, teacher, creator, leader—got down on His hands and knees and washed the dirt off of the disciples’ feet. Talk about a job that is not very glamorous. Yet, in this act of service, Jesus provides a beautiful example of what servant leadership looks like. Our God literally and figuratively positioned Himself below those he was serving, showing us that we are called to humbly put aside our pride and our desires and place the needs of others above our own. This is sometimes going to mean doing jobs that to us seem menial and pointless. But, when we become true servants to others, we don’t focus on what we think another person or community needs. We empathetically listen to what others need, and then humbly use our own abilities and skills to work alongside them to meet their goals, whether what they need is a new school to be built or trash to be picked up from their community park.

~ Claire McGrath, “Serving On Our Hands and Knees”, Catholic How

Many other things become possible

Humility is to the spirit what material poverty is to the senses: the great purifier. Humility is the beginning of sanity. We can’t really see – much less love – anyone or anything else when the self is in the way. When we finally, really believe in our own sinfulness and unimportance, many other things become possible: repentance; mercy, patience, forgiveness of others. These virtues are the foundation stones of that other great Christian virtue: justice. No justice is ever possible in a spider’s web of mutual anger, recrimination and hurt pride.

~ Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Ten ways to deepen our relationship with God – Catholic Philly.

I would first of all have to be

If I were to be a good Franciscan, that is, Christlike, I would first of all have to be in almost all points as this peasant appears to be. That is–to set no store on pride in knowledge, or possessions, or ambitions, but completely obscure looking and acting: and with all that not envious, not ambitious, but quiet and good, and giving people things, and being patient, and working and living on little food. But being, first, nobody: this peasant, obscure and dark, and silent, and not knowing much how to talk: of such were Christ’s Apostles.

~ Thomas Merton, Run to the Mountain: The Story of a Vocation

Not the real Saint Francis!

Franciscan peace is not something saccharine. Hardly! That is not the real Saint Francis! Nor is it a kind of pantheistic harmony with forces of the cosmos… That is not Franciscan either! It is not Franciscan, but a notion that some people have invented! The peace of Saint Francis is the peace of Christ, and it is found by those who “take up” their “yoke”, namely, Christ’s commandment: Love one another as I have loved you (cf. Jn 13:34; 15:12). This yoke cannot be borne with arrogance, presumption or pride, but only with meekness and humbleness of heart.

~Pope Francis, VISITA PASTORALE DEL SANTO PADRE FRANCESCO AD ASSISI (III) HT to Evan Ortiz, OFS

 

In the innermost chamber of the heart

Humility is a pathway to prayer. Prayer is the doorway to the heart, the center of our being, the place where we can let go, let go of pretense, pride, ego and a host of things blocking us from the true source of life, the true source of love, God. In the innermost chamber of the heart we see the dissonance between the Spirit of God and our spirit; it is here we struggle to dissolve that disharmony.

~ Gerry Straub, Humility is Holiness

The only things that truly matter

We are here to serve each other. Humanity’s grotesque pride and individualism has turned the idea of serving into something negative, when in fact it’s the whole point of all our life and all our relationships. In the end, the only things that truly matter are those things we do for others.

~ Thomas L. McDonald, “In Sickness and in More Sickness”

Each of these idols must be smashed

If we exalt money, status, or sex above the Word of God, we are living in idolatry. Every time we inwardly submit to the strongholds of fear, bitterness, and pride, we are bowing to the rulers of darkness. Each of these idols must be smashed, splintered, and obliterated from the landscape of our hearts.

~ Francis Frangipane via Flowing Faith

The world would be a very different place

Christ’s perfect humility was rooted in His complete confidence in God’s love and perfect plan. God’s perfect plan for our redemption gives us, in turn, the courage to trust Him. That trust is the basis upon which we strive for humility.

If we were all able to be as humble and obedient as Christ, the world would be a very different place. When we are open to God, we are open to grace and the Holy Spirit. We are open to accept God’s guidance in learning from our mistakes and fulfilling the potential for which He created us. We leave behind pride and open the way for joy, generosity, love, and all the other fruits of the Spirit. Those gifts can change not only our own lives, but the lives of everyone we know.

~The Power of Humility, Christopher News Notes