the Attentive Ear of Humility… 28Aug2016

Divine Mercy image (3) (2)“Consider the life of God which is found in the Church for the salvation and the sanctification of your soul. Consider the use that you make of these treasures of grace.”

Words of Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary par. 1758


Most likely, very few people have ever considered the relationship between humility and wisdom; fact is, they are intimately intertwined. How do we gain wisdom but through humbly listening with an attentive ear? How do we become humble but by the application of wisdom?

A priest, one morning in his homily, pointed out that we are born totally selfish and we spend a lifetime, in our Christian Faith, trying to become unselfish. As we examine the life of Christ, daily and weekly in the Gospels, we can see Him, who was from the very beginning of time totally unselfish, move closer and closer to that ultimate act of unselfishness: the giving of His life, freely, as a ransom, the ultimate gift of sacrifice, in atonement for our sins.

St. Stephen of Hungary served as king from the year 1000 until his death in 1038. He spent his reign building up the Church as well as caring, generously, for the welfare of his people. Here was a king whose service is exemplary for our own Baptismal Kingship. Consider these words in a letter he wrote to his son, who would succeed him:

If you desire to honor the royal crown, I advise, I counsel, I urge you above all things to maintain the Catholic and apostolic faith with such diligence and care that you may be an example for all those placed under you by God and that all the clergy may rightly call you a man of true Christian profession. Be humble in this life, that God may raise you up in the next. Be truly moderate… Be generous…. Be honorable… Be chaste… All these virtues I have noted above make up the royal crown and without them no one is fit to rule here on earth or attain to the heavenly kingdom.

Like St. Stephen, we were Baptized priest, prophet and king. His words are worth contemplating with an attentive ear and in the light of our Baptismal Kingship, which is meant to be lived wisely, with unselfish humility.

Deacon Richard


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