In order to be able to commune with divine things,
it is necessary to agree to acknowledge that one is radically unworthy of them.
Unless we enter into fear and adoration, we never arrive at love and union.
Robert Cardinal Sarah
from his book, The Day Is Now Far Spent
(the adultress scene from The Passion of the Christ)
We are all unworthy.
Each and every last one of us.
Unworthy of what you ask?
Unworthy of Divine Grace.
But you probably don’t care about Divine Grace because you either don’t
know what it is or you simply don’t believe in such.
Yet most of us feel that we are more than worthy…worthy of whatever we may want…
This is because we readily believe that we are better than the man or woman who stands next to us,
across from us, in front of or behind us…that is our smug arrogance.
A smug arrogance that only grows with each passing day.
We hear that smug arrogance.
We see that smug arrogance.
We live that smug arrogance.
The opposite of such is humility–
Humility..the freedom from pride or arrogance…
It is becoming more and more clear with each passing day…
we human beings are in desperate need of being saved from ourselves.
Saved from our seething pride and arrogance.
and in turn…simply being saved.
Yet the irony is that we are not worthy of saving or of being saved.
We’ve seen the news,
we’ve read the articles,
we’ve seen the pictures…
We hear the anger.
We feel the rising tension, the division, the hate.
He who had no sin became sin… for us,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
(2 Corinthians 5:21)
Our hope, our salvation.
“Although we feel the humiliation keenly when we are insulted, persecuted, or calumniated,
this does not mean that we cannot suffer such trials with sentiments of true humility,
subjecting nature to reason and faith, and sacrificing the resentment of our
self-love to the love of God.
We are not made of stone, so that we need be insensible or senseless in order to be humble.
Of some martyrs we read that they writhed under their torments;
of others, that they more or less rejoiced in them,
according to the greater or lesser degree of unction they received from the Holy Ghost;
and all were rewarded by the crown of glory, as it is not the pain or the feeling
that makes the martyr, but the supernatural motive of virtue.
In the same way some humble persons feel pleasure in being humiliated,
and some feel sadness, especially when weighted down with calumny;
and yet they all belong to the sphere of the humble,
because it is not the humiliation nor the suffering alone which makes the soul humble,
but the interior act by which this same humiliation is accepted and received through
motives of Christian humility, and especially of a desire to resemble Jesus Christ,
who though entitled to all the honors the world could offer Him,
bore humiliation and scorn for the glory of His eternal Father.”
Fr. Cajetan da Bergamo,
An Excerpt Fromm
Humility Of Heart