In his wonderful poem sequence Four Quartets, T.S.Eliot wrote:
“The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.”
Humility – being of the earth and recognising our common humanity with others – is not always seen as a popular strength. Sometimes it’s even confused with weakness.
It’s not the same as having acute or chronic low self-esteem, and it’s not the same as “beating yourself up”. It’s more like “thinking of yourself less” than “thinking less of yourself”!
St. Benedict turns to this issue in the next section of the Prologue:
“…it is the Lord’s power, not their own, that brings about the good in them. They praise the Lord working in them and say ‘Not to us, Lord, not to us give the glory, but to your name alone’…Paul the Apostle refused to take credit for the power of his preaching. He declared By God’s grace I am what I am. And again he said He who boasts should make his boast in the Lord.”
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