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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Humility is the new beige

It goes with everything.

The word humility signifies lowliness or submissiveness and it is derived from the Latin humilitas or, as St. Thomas says, from humus, i.e. the earth which is beneath us Humility isn't just being human, it's far more organic: remembering that we're from the dirt. Even the name of Adam is Hebrew derived from adamah, meaning "ground."

Triumph and humility: giving credit to God for the tools and opportunities. Sadness and humility: understanding that you're no better than anyone so stuff happens to you, too. Pleasure and humility: recognizing that appetite is a strong beast that, properly yoked, serves you well, but out of control can pull you off course or over a cliff. Happiness and humility: see also "sadness," and remembering that happiness is transitory. Joy and humility: knowing the difference between happiness and joy.

Friendship and humility. Talent and humility. Changing lanes on the expressway and humility. Arguing with your spouse and humility. Buying a swimsuit and humility....

I want to make humility my friend this Lent.

2 comments:

Rosalind said...

Paradoxically enough, humility often bestows strength. If I'm humble enough to be teachable, then I learn and change. If I'm humble enough to listen instead of talk, then what I eventually say will make more of a contribution. If I accept being yoked to God, then (surprise!) I end up pulling a load that only God is strong enough to pull.

Rosalind said...

Julie D. over at Happy Catholic has a great Fulton Sheen quotation on this topic.

http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2005/02/stooping-to-heaven.html

 

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