Pope Francis

Monday, 20 July 2015

The practice of Humility - 39

Feel aversion for personal praise given to you; in the same proportion, be joyful for the praise and honor given to the others. And on your part, honor your neighbor to the extent allowed by truth and veracity. Envious people cannot stand the glory given to others; they think it lessens their own, and they resent this.  Thus, during conversation, they cleverly throw out certain ambiguous words or expressions with double meaning to lessen or render suspicious the merits of the others. You must not act this way; in praising your neighbor, you praise the Lord, thank God for the gifts he has given him, and appreciate the talents one may use for God’s service.

J. Pecci (later Pope Leo XIII)

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