Pope Francis

Sunday, 26 July 2015

The practice of Humility - 45

Give all the glory to God for the good results of the task entrusted to you; attribute to yourself only the possible failures; these alone are exclusively yours.  Every good is from God; glory and gratitude must be given to him.  Impress this truth so deeply on your spirit as never to forget it. Anyone else, so much helped by the divine grace as you have been, would have performed much better and would not have had so many flaws.  Reject the praise given to you for success; this is not due to such a vile instrument as yourself, but to the mighty and eternal Maker.  He can, if he wants, strike a rock with a staff and make water spring from it, or use a bit of mud to give sight to the blind and perform endless miracles.

J. Pecci (later Pope Leo XIII)

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