Pope Francis

Monday, 24 November 2014

The practice of Humility - 6

Think often that sooner or later you will have to die; that your body will have to rot in a trench.  Have always before your eyes the inexorable tribunal of Jesus Christ, before which all will necessarily have to appear; meditate on the eternal pains of hell prepared for the wicked and especially for the followers of Satan – the proud.
There is an impenetrable veil hiding the divine judgments from human eyes; consider seriously that the result is uncertain; – will you be among the damned?  These will be plunged into the place of torments, in the company of the demons for all eternity, to the fire enkindled by divine justice.  This uncertainty alone should be enough to keep you in the utmost humility and to instill in you the most salutary fear.

J. Pecci (later Pope Leo XIII)

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