Saturday, September 19, 2009

Principles and Practices - September 20

The Humble is Truth

Humility, as a Christian virtue, does not mean grovelling in the dust, nor does it consist in a habit of self-depreciation, which belittles the gifts we have received from God. A faithful steward does not undervalue the belongings of his master. The humble man looks at facts squarely in the face, and realizing that he is neither the creator nor the absolute owner of the endow­ments of his body and soul, he readily admits their Divine origin. He regards himself as their trustee. If humility is characteristic of greatness, it is because only a great mind has the courage always to face the truth. Lesser minds are tempted to camouflage the truth and to invest facts with a mask, or they confound facts with hastily drawn inferences from those facts. Humility and truth are twin sisters.

-Father Degen.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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