Wednesday, July 6, 2011

An Excerpt...

...from My Sister Saint Therese, by Sr. Genevieve of the Holy Face (Celine Martin). 

"'That which we need more than anything else,' the Saint used to tell me 'is humility of heart, and you cannot believe you possess it until you are willing to let everybody order you about. You are pleasant enough so long as you can have your own way about things, but as soon as your opinion is ignored and contradicted you become dejected. Is there any virtue at all in that? No, for real virtue 'is to be submissive under the hand of all,'* which means to be happy whenever you are blamed for anything whatsoever. At the beginning this will not be easy, and your countenance will probably betray the effort. Then others will judge you to be imperfect still. That is the best feature of the whole matter because you will then be practising humility-which really consists not only in thinking and in saying that you are full of imperfections but in being glad that others also think you are imperfect-and even say so.'"

Oh man...I have so far to go! lol 

*Imitation of Christ, Book 3, Chapter 44


  1. Uh oh...looks like I'm in trouble! Oh dear. I have work to do. :)

  2. Hard one..being happy when others think you are imperfect. Gosh, I need more humility. Great post.

  3. Looooove the Martin sisters. :) Thanks for this reminder... I have a long way to go too.

  4. Man oh man, I have a LONG way to go!

  5. Busy this weekend? Come join our Carmel retreat in Frederick MD! :-)