“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Luke 14:11

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“For everyone who exalts himself

will be humbled,

and the man who humbles himself

will be exalted.”

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– Luke 14:11 (JB)

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REFLECTION…

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We live in a society

that has an extreme need

to hear this Gospel message of humility

over and over again.

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Using others as stepping stones, without scruple;

being opportunistic and viciously competitive

– to get to the top

and be seen at the top.

Such ambition is universally condemned

but, unfortunately, is also universally practiced.

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Humility and unpretentiousness,

when sincere and not false, conquer.

Humility and unpretentiousness,

make those, who practice these virtues, loved;

make their presence desirable;

their opinion appreciated.

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Wherever genuine humility may get you in the short term,

it will get you to ‘the top’ – in the long term!

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True glory flees from those who seek it.

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True glory seeks those who flee from it.

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[from a reflection by Padre Raniero Cantalamessa]

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QUOTE…

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“Be modest in evaluating your merits,

allow others to do this instead

and already in this life God will lift you up.

He will lift you up in His grace;

He will make you rise in the ranks

of Jesus’ friends and true disciples,

which is the only thing that really matters.”

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– Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord, remove my pretentiousness…and make me humble.

Jesus, make me more like You!

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