Fr. Robert Bengry: Humility

From the Rev. Fr. Robert Bengry collection: women with animals.

Humility is related to the cardinal virtue of temperance and is the key to so much of the Christian life. St. Thomas Aquinas says that the virtue of humility consists in keeping oneself within one’s own bounds, not reaching out to things above one, but submitting to one’s superior. Humility finds all kinds of expression but is perhaps best communicated by Christ Himself when He says in Matthew 5:5, “blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”. 

Would anyone characterise you as being meek or humble? I’m not talking about your own self-assessment — what would/do others say about you in this regard.

Of course true humility is difficult to cultivate in oneself, but is humility something you ask God to perfect in you? Is it something you intentionally attempt to cultivate? and if so, what is the evidence of that struggle? — Fr. Robert Bengry





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