Tag Archives: Humility

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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The Cross of Christ reveals justice, humility and love as Christ triumphs over sin and death for the salvation of the world. We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you! For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Mass Readings – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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23rd Sunday of the Year: Tough messages to deliver, and tough ones to receive. Catholic Inspiration

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A favorite photo with my mentor, Msgr. Ed Meulemans.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, there are tough messages that sometimes we are called to deliver, and sometimes we are called to receive. Through honesty, humility and love we open our hearts to encounter the transforming power of the Lord’s grace in these difficult moments.

Mass Readings – 23rd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Queenship of Mary. Catholic Inspiration

On this feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we recognize that she is exalted through God’s grace because of her humble heart. May her example inspire us to cultivate the virtue of humility as we follow her Son.

Mass Readings – The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Daily Mass: St. Peter leads people to Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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As the people draw near to St. Peter, amazed by the healing of a crippled man, he redirects the attention on himself to give glory to Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday in the Octave of Easter

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Daily Mass: Humility in our daily practice. Catholic Inspiration

Humility in our daily actions proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ. May our lives reflect this crucial virtue in all that we do.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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30th Sunday of the Year: The power of a humble prayer. Catholic Inspiration

Prayer is crucial for our spiritual life, yet we discover in the Gospel today the power that results when our prayers are grounded in the humility that recognizes our own weaknesses and sins. May we fervently call upon the Lord in our daily prayer, asking the one who knows us through-and-through for what we need.

Mass Readings – 30th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: A little reminder in humility. Catholic Inspiration

Luke’s Gospel reminds us that before we confess someone else’s sins we might want to start with our own. The analogy about what is caught in our eye can help us from becoming blinded by our own pride.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 23rd Week of the Year

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22nd Sunday of the Year: Living the virtue of humility. Catholic Inspiration

The Book of Sirach exhorts us to “conduct our affairs with humility,” and through truth, honesty and perspective we can confront the pride in our hearts with this powerful (and often underappreciated) virtue.

Mass Readings – 22nd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Who do we think we’re kidding? Catholic Inspiration

Both Jesus and the Psalmist show us that God knows us through-and-through. Rather than pretend (and become hypocrites,) we have the opportunity today to acknowledge our sins with humility and receive the grace of God.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 21st Week of the Year (St. Monica)

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22nd Sunday of the Year: The call to live a humble life.

Study:  Reflect on a person who loves selflessly.  What qualities do you see in their behavior toward others?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the awareness to see more clearly the needs of others, and the grace to respond with love.

Serve:  How might you make a sacrifice to help someone?  How might you let go of what you want in order to assist another in need?

Mass Readings – 22nd Sunday of the Year

The theme of humility surfaces throughout the readings this week.  Check this out:

  • 1st Reading – “My child, conduct your affairs with humility.”
  • Psalm – “God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.”
  • 2nd Reading – We draw near to Jerusalem, where Jesus and the angels dwell.
  • Gospel – “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

What does humility mean?  What does it mean to say that a person is humble?  The word is often misunderstood and misused, and yet it is an important concept in the Scriptures and Church teaching.

At it’s heart, humility is about our perspective of ourselves against a larger background.  We are not the center of the universe!  Rather, we understand that we exist in relationship to the Lord and one another.

God is the center and origin of our lives, from which we derive all grace and blessings.  We are sustained in the mind of God, and invited to love the Lord with all our heart and mind, body and soul.  For remember: the Lord loved us first, and out of love gave his Son to save us from our sins.

Yet the relationship is not just between ourselves and the Lord.  We also exist in relationship to one another.  We are part of a great communion of souls – both living and dead – and we are invited to grow in love of those around us.

Humility arises when we see ourselves clearly in the light of these relationships.  We understand that our needs and wants are always set in the context of other (often far greater) concerns.  When this happens we grow in awareness of how our lives interact and weave together, fostering communication, cooperation, and respect.

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Note: This post was first published on August 22, 2016.