Humility

Humility is the mother, the root, the nurse, and the foundation of all the other virtues, and it is what holds them together.

– St. John Chrysostom

abba pamboHumility comes from the word humus…earth, ground, soil.  To be humble is to be grounded, authentic, a genuine human being.

It is ridiculous to preach humility as if it were some sort of law; laws don’t make people authentic…they don’t even make people obedient!

Narcissism is a psychological illness.  You can always tell how narcissistic someone is by the degree of the lack of impact that humility has on them.

At the opposite extreme, the illness of the lack of love for one’s self and the self-destructive behaviours that follow can manifest themselves in a false humility that downplays one’s innate self-worth.

True groundedness is not love, but it alone is what opens us to love.  Christ teaches us humility by teaching us how to live, guiding us toward a true knowledge of ourselves.  And this is precisely what humility is, namely, the courageous acceptance of who we are in front of God.

You cannot make someone else humble.  Neither is it their task to make you humble.

God does not humiliate people.  Nevertheless, true humility comes through the crises that are themselves the experiences that bring us to God.  In this we will sometimes experience humiliation brought on by our own lack of desire to see ourselves for who we are.

Humility is not a virtue to be acquired; humility is a process to be endured.

You cannot be a Christian without humility.

All of Christian discipline is humility alone.

– St. Augustine

It was good for me that I was humbled, so that I might learn your statutes.

– Psalm 119:71