The First Lesson
We may gather that without humility it is impossible to please God, and that there is no other way of gaining heaven.
It is the beginning, foundation, and safeguard of all good, which all the saints who are now in heaven embraced as the first lesson in the school of virtue.
Wherefore we may be sure that if ever we will reach any degree of perfection, either of grace in this life or of glory hereafter, it is absolutely necessary that we become as little children by humility: little in our own eyes, little in the eyes of the world, little before God.
-Fr. Constantine Barbanson.
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