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



Jesus said,

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,

and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.”

– Luke 14:11





We live in a society that has an extreme need

to hear this Gospel message of humility over and over again.


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.


Humility and unpretentiousness, when sincere and not false, conquer;

make those, who practice these virtues, loved;

make their presence desirable;

their opinion appreciated.


Wherever genuine humility may get you in the short term,

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


True glory flees from those who seek it.


True glory seeks those who flee from it.

[from a reflection by Padre Raniero Cantalamessa]





“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.”

– Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa





Lord Jesus,

help me learn from You.


Forgive me for when I felt

that I was ‘better than’ or ‘above’ others.


My Lord and my God,

in the name of love and truth,

give me the strength and grace to be humble and unpretentious,

so that when I am called,

I may be blessed and exalted by You.




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