At a recent sermon (last Sunday) I was able to give a brief exposition of what I understood to be the attitude and practice of the virtue of humility. Although it might sound funny- according to my interpretation, I hope you will be able to appreciate the depth of wisdom, coming from the lifetime experience of our Holy Father Benedict.
First: Learn what humility is…
Is an attitude of reverence towards God- not just man, having an assertiveness of who you are according to Him (knowing your place). It raises the heart towards a spiritual goal, while the opposite denigrates (diminishes) its purpose.
STEP 1 Fear of God keeps you focused in doing what He wants (therefore avoid sin!).
STEP 2 What you want is not always what God wants… (avoid making any major decisions)
STEP 3 There will always be someone in charge! (looking up to leaders as role-models)
STEP 4 Remain cool when being challenged or troubled- virtue of patience. (being steadfast when facing difficulties)
STEP 5 Don’t hide anything- be transparent! (like your mom did in your childhood, other people will eventually know…)
STEP 6 Treasure what you already have- be content and happy with it.
STEP 7 Don’t think of yourself of greater value than anyone else- you’ll disappoint many when they find out who you really are!
STEP 8 Be great in following Rules- especially when others are giving you an example!
STEP 9 Learn to SHUT UP! Control your thoughts and you’ll see that sometimes there is no need of saying a single word.
STEP 10 If you know how to live, you’ll know how to enjoy life- laugh only when necessary.
STEP 11 Mean what you say and say what you mean… Try harder, if you have to!
STEP 12 You’re not perfect! You have a long way to go… Practice makes perfect!