All for Charity through Humility
Alexandra Clark | The Daily Knight
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the humblest heart, beheld the Heart of the Triune God!
"Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed." [Luke 1:48]
It was by the humiliation of the Holy Incarnation that God brought forth our salvation! When man turned from God and fell with the great sin of pride, God brought us back through humility.
That is why when our hearts are truly humble, it pleases Him so very much that we come to possess him more fully. Only in striving for humility can we truly possess Charity!
God conquered the world by His Son's humility and by humility we conquer the heart of God!
St. Teresa of Avila said that it is not by great knowledge, nor by the knowledge in the world but by humility of heart that we come to possess God in such a way that he can refuse nothing that we ask for. That is why we can have such confidence in the Blessed Mother's intercession, she is the most humble of all God's creatures and because of her humility God can refuse nothing that she asked for. True humility of heart is to know in the depths of our heart and truly believe we are creatures of nothing and to understand all that this entails.
As God the Father spoke to Saint Catherine of Siena: "I am He who IS and you are she who is not. " A lot is packed in that little phrase! Charity is so very important but charity without humility is a lost treasure. Humility is what empties our soul and makes room for charity.
An analogy: Humility is the well tilled soil in the ground from which the flowers of virtue grow by the Divine Light of Charity!
If man truly realizes who he was and what he owes to God, there would be more "Fiats" to Grace and less sinning in the world. This "me" generation needs to look at itself, and in looking at itself, it would find nothing. The humble soul desiring the true, good and beautiful, would drop to its knees and adore it's God for His Love and Mercy towards such an ungrateful creature.
Our Lady's "Fiat" was the result of the fruit of her humility. She could have said, "Oh no, does God not realize I'm a virgin and can't have a baby?" She really is a creature of God Almighty and when your Creator asks you something, humility will not allow us to say "no." Mary's Fiat of humility is what brought God who is Charity into her womb and it is our humble Fiat that will bring God into our souls!!!!
Now, one must take note, you have to give birth to charity, and that is not done without birth pains, without much labor. Humility does to our souls on the interior, with the martyr's torments did to their exterior. In this way, living a life full of humiliations is a martyrdom of love, but instead of killing the body, it kills the self-love of the interior.
St. Mechtilde was answered by Christ concerning the nobility of Humility: "The virgin worthy of the name, chosen for My spouse, must be noble in humility, she must believe herself of no account, thinking of herself as beneath every other creature and deserving merely contempt and abjection. The more humble she is the more noble she shall be in the glory of heaven. As for Me, I will add My Humility to hers, and this will be for her the highest nobility."
We must always strive for this humility, for only then can we possess true charity!!!
It is humility and meekness that are the dominant virtues of The Sacred Heart. "Learn of me for I am meek and humble of heart."
May our hearts truly be like His! It is commonly said from one to another; "Have more charity." The reality though, is that there needs to be said instead, "Have more humility!" Then charity will follow. For God, Who is Charity can have more room to enter into our souls and when He who is Love enters our souls we will indeed have more Charity! "That is humility: one's own life swept away by that tremendous torrent of Divine Love."
For the Saints say:
To be taken with love for a soul, God does not look on its greatness, but the greatness of its humility.--St. John of the Cross, OCD “There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.”--St. Augustine
'There is no doubt that God will never be wanting to us, provided that He finds in us that humility which makes us worthy of His gifts, the desire of possessing them, and the promptitude to co-operate industriously with the graces He gives us.'--St. Ignatius of Loyola Humility makes our lives acceptable to God, meekness makes us acceptable to men.--St Francis De Sales
Humility is nothing but Truth and pride nothing but lying.
--St. Vincent de Paul
Humility is the path of Truth.
--St, Bernard of Clairvaux
"With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity." --St. Paul, Ephesians 4:2
"I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy. For thou hast regarded my humility, thou hast saved my soul out of distresses." [Psalms 30:8]
"Where pride is, there also shall be reproach: but where humility is, there also is wisdom." [Proverbs 11:2]
"The fear of the Lord is the lesson of wisdom: and humility goeth before glory." [Proverbs 15:33]
Pray then that we might ever increase in the virtue of humility so that we might more and more possess the Good God Who is Love and Who will set our hearts on fire with that Divine Charity!
All for Jesus through Mary
All for Charity through Humility!!!