Guest: Chris Cotter, OCDS
Without the virtue of humility, the house of our interior life falls, as humility is the bedrock foundation on which to build. Guest, Chris Cotter, continues the conversation about humility because of its great importance in our...
Guest: Chris Cotter, OCDS
Without the virtue of humility, the house of our interior life falls, as humility is the bedrock foundation on which to build. Guest, Chris Cotter, continues the conversation about humility because of its great importance in our growth. Pope Francis said recently at the World Youth Day in Poland: “Thus, contrary to our expectations and perhaps even our desires, the kingdom of God, now as then, ‘does not come in a way that attracts attention’ but rather in littleness, in humility.” The very word, “humility” comes from “humble” which comes from the Latin word “humus” which means grounded. How good it is to stay grounded…grounded in Christ and the humility he showed us. As we pray, we should continue to grow in self knowledge. “To know who we are in relation to who God is” is paramount in spiritual growth. Not all souls experience the heights of prayer, but all souls experience moments of being humbled. To embrace these moments is an opportunity to really enlarge our hearts and imitate our Lord. Chris Cotter gives us several suggestions from St. Teresa of Avila in how to grow in humility.Resources:
Books: “The Prayers of Saint Therese of Lisieux” translated by Alettheia Kane, OCD. “Letters (1579)” by St. Teresa of Avila, Vol. 1; E. Allison Peers, ed. 1950. “Interior Castle,” “The Book of Her Life,” “The Way of Perfection” all from “The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila;” ICS Publications. “The Teresian Gospel: An Introduction to a Fruitful Reading of the Way of Perfection” by Otilio Rodriguez; Darlington Carmel, U. K., 1974. “Sayings of Light and Love” from “The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross;” ICS Publications.
Cathechism of the Catholic Church: #2559, #2706, #2558
Scripture: Lk 18:14 Matt 11:29 James 4:6 Genesis 2:7 Luke 18:9-14
Other: OCDS Constitutions, Section 17.
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