Virtue of the Week: Humility

On Having a Humble Opinion of Oneself:

EVERY man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without putting that knowledge to work by living virtuously?

A humble ignorant man who lives a virtuous life is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study about all manners of worldly knowledge. ( I think the world of education needs to grab a hold of this concept and wrap their arms around it!)

A man who is really in touch with his soul and knows his own nature sets no value on himself, and takes no pleasure in being praised by other men. This definitely flies in the face of what is valued in today’s society. When the end comes, we will not be judged by what we read, but by what we have done, not by what worldly trophies adorn our offices and homes, but by whether we have lived a virtuous life and how much we have loved or fellow man.

We need to give up on this passionate desire for knowledge and technology, because more often and not it distracts us and leads us down the wrong path. People who fancy themselves as intellectuals like to be admired and praised for their knowledge, yet most of what they hold in their heads does little or no good for the soul to know, and a man is a fool to fill his days with intellectual facts that contribute nothing to his eternal soul. A man’s soul is not satisfied by words and facts in their thousands, whereas living a virtuous life sets a man’s mind at ease and benefits his soul. Today’s kids are starved for the meat and potatoes of virtue that satisfies their soul. We force feed them knowledge and technology that are about as nutritious for their souls as Hostess ding dongs and twinkies.

Humbly living a virtuous life is what we should be striving for.

Mother Teresa’s Humility List

  1. Speak as little as possible about yourself.
  2. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
  3. Avoid curiosity (though I don’t think that she is referring to learning, here)
  4. Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
  5. Accept small irritations with good humor.
  6. Do not dwell on the faults of others.
  7. Accept censures even if unmerited.
  8. Give in to the will of others.
  9. Accept insults and injuries.
  10. Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded.
  11. Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
  12. Do not seek to be admired and loved.
  13. Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity.
  14. Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
  15. Choose always the more difficult task.