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True Humility

Chrysostom | January 10

There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. – Proverbs 30:12

"Have you done any act of humility? Don't be proud of it, otherwise all its merit is lost."

The Moon and the Dove: Daniel Bonnell

In whatever you do for a fellow-servant, remember that your Master has done it to your servants. Listen and shudder! Never be pleased by your humility! …Perhaps you laugh at that statement, as if humility could puff you up. But don’t be surprised if it puffs you up when it isn’t genuine. How and in what way could it do this? When it is practiced to gain human favor and not God’s favor.  When it is practiced so that we could be praised and be considered great. For this is of the devil. Those who boast because they aren’t boastful please themselves by their humility and high regard…. Have you done any act out of humility? Don’t be proud of it, otherwise all its merit is lost. The Pharisee was like this. He was puffed up because he gave his tithes to the poor, and, as a result, he lost the honor of the deed. But not so with the tax collector. Nor with Paul who said, “I know nothing by myself, yet am I not hereby justified.” See how he doesn’t exalt himself, but in every way lowers and humbles himself, even when he had arrived at the summit…. When you think about admiring yourself because you are humble, consider your Master. Remember what He descended into and you won’t admire or praise yourself anymore.

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