GeE 118: On Humiliations

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118. Humility can only take root in the heart through humiliations. Without them, there is no humility or holiness. If you are unable to suffer and offer up a few humiliations, you are not humble and you are not on the path to holiness.

The challenge for many people is that they have suffered abuse at the hands of others, and so humiliation as they have experienced it, can be difficult. It is one thing to experience deep disappointment over an opportunity lost or a realization that our abilities and desire are insufficient.

Many Christians miss the perception of the Church as powerful and not as persecuted, so the example of Jesus can be lost:

The holiness that God bestows on his Church comes through the humiliation of his Son. He is the way. Humiliation makes you resemble Jesus; it is an unavoidable aspect of the imitation of Christ. For “Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). In turn, he reveals the humility of the Father, who condescends to journey with his people, enduring their infidelities and complaints (cf. Exodus 34:6-9; Wisdom 11:23-12:2; Luke 6:36). For this reason, the Apostles, after suffering humiliation, rejoiced “that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for [Jesus’] name” (Acts 5:41).

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.

 

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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