to raise to union with Himself, is charity the ultimate
basis of the spiritual life? No.
the basis of charity, and that is humility. Humility
is to charity what the foundation is to the building …..
of Jesus to her daughters, “each of you must try to be
the least of all.”
the fullness of divine gifts.
-- Readings from Divine Intimacy, pp 301-3
Even if ten thousand wolves surround us, we conquer and are
victorious. But the moment we become wolves, we are conquered,
for we lose the help of the shepherd. He is the Shepherd of sheep,
not wolves. If He leaves you and goes away, it is because you do not
allow Him to show His power.
-- St. John Chrysostom
anyone who humbles himself will be exalted. (Mt 23:12)
pleases You. And I can only know what pleases You if I study
and pray. I need You to keep me humble, Lord, I tend so easily
to slip into that self-destructive thirst for recognition and
superiority. That tendency goes deep --- only Your love goes
deeper. Purify my heart, Lord. Teach me to think first of others,
and then of myself, just as you did. Jesus, I trust in You …