Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The next Christlike attribute is humility.
While researching humility I came across this quote from Saint Augustine,
“Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.”
As I began to think of this more, I believe it is true. Do you need to have humility to have faith? Yes, how can you believe or have faith in Him or His plan if you do not first humble yourself enough to develop that faith and to know Him? Does humility play a role in hope? You must first acknowledge your need for hope, thus being humble. What about charity and love? Pure charity obviously takes much humility. Virtue, knowledge, patience, diligence and obedience all require humility.
So, I think it is safe to say, that humility truly is a foundation for all that we are striving to be. If we first learn to be humble, to acknowledge His hand in all that we have, all that we have accomplished and are that we are and want to be, the other attributes can be built upon that. Humility, it seams, is a very good staring point.
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