How Useful Humility is to Enable us to Bear all Kinds of Trials in a Christian Manner.

How Useful Humility is to Enable us to Bear all Kinds of Trials in a Christian Manner.


My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.

How Useful Humility is to Enable us to Bear all Kinds of Trials in a Christian Manner.

A proud man can bear nothing; he is angry with and revolts against the cross; he will not understand that he deserves to suffer and that he needs to do so; and God, who holds pride in horror, leaves him a prey to his impatience and his bad temper. A man who is humble accepts, on the contrary, the cross with a good grace; he feels that, being a sinner, it is only right that he should suffer, and that he ought to accomplish in his own flesh what is wanting in the sufferings of Jesus Christ, and to unite the members with their head in the participation of trials, even as they will be united in the participation of glory; that, lastly, whatever he may suffer, he deserves to suffer still more. On His side, God, touched by this humble frame of mind, assists him, supports him, protects him under the weight of the cross, and renders it sweet and even delightful to him (II. Imit. ii. 2). Sometimes trials come to us from our neighbor, and then humility quickly sets right the differences which have arisen; its charms soften the most bitter of hearts, and appease those which are the most irritated. If, on the contrary, the trial comes from ourselves, humility again quickly sets it right. It teaches us to be ashamed in the presence of God, to cast ourselves into His arms as into the arms of a father, to pray to Him, to love Him, to declare to Him that it is He alone we will love, that we will to love Him with our whole heart and always; and immediately the soul is calmed, serenity and peace reappear, and, thanks to humility, the trial turns to our greater good. Oh, how well then it is to be humble!


My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.


October Devotions: The Holy Angels and the Holy Rosary

Virtue to practice: Confidence

PRAYER TO ST. RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL. Glorious Archangel, St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, illustrious by thy gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of travellers by land and sea, consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners, I entreat thee to help me in all my needs and in all the trials of this life, as thou didst once assist the young Tobias in his journeying. And since thou art the “physician of God,” I humbly pray thee to heal my soul of its many infirmities and my body of the ills that afflict it, if this favor is for my greater good. I ask, especially, for angelic purity, that I may be made fit to be the living temple of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, June 21, 1890, granted to the faithful who shall recite the above prayer AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day. .

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