Blog Posts for "Humility"

“Those who humble themselves…will grab a shovel.”

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20; Matthew 23:1-12 Conversion is about change, and the most direct way that it is reflected is in my behavior.  In Isaiah’s words, I “cease doing evil” and “learn to do good.”  I don’t seek out places of honor or rely on titles, my status or the various forms of privilege that I am given in the Church or wider community.  Humility is learned.  Like any other virtue, it must be nurtured. The most obvious way that I learn humility is through my failures, large and small;...

Three Words for Today

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Ezekiel 2:8-3:4; Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 If we were to sum up the two readings that the Church gives for our Eucharist today, along with the memory of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, we could do so with three words:  obedience, humility and compassion. The prophet Ezekiel embodied obedience.  Called by God to proclaim a message of “lamentation, wailing and woe” (not exactly good news!), he still found eating the scroll containing it sweet as honey! The sweetness and comfort that he experienced were not because...

A Maria Goretti for the 21st Century

St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr Today the universal church remembers the brief life and martyrdom of St. Maria Goretti, who was murdered by an 18 year-old neighbor as she resisted his attempts to rape her.  When she was canonized in 1950—remarkably with not only her mother but also her killer present for the Mass—Maria was celebrated for her virtues, her insistence on preserving her virginity and her willingness to forgive.  Inspired by her courage and simple and profound faith, over 250,000 people witnessed her canonization.  Moved by her forgiveness, her murderer, Alessandro had repented and...

"Who am I?"

St. Thomas Aquinas 1 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29; Mark 4:21-25 Earlier this week, I had to return to the hospital for the treatment of an infection related to heart surgery that I had at the beginning of December.  It has been an opportunity to again recall how privileged I am to have access to excellent health care.  The doctors, nurses and other professionals at Mercy Hospital in Chicago have been great; and I have benefitted from various tests, IV antibiotics, etc.  Not everyone in the world or even in our own country is as fortunate.   It is...

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