Pope Francis

Monday, 27 July 2015

The practice of Humility - 46

If, on the other hand, the tasks entrusted to you, do not go well, there is much to fear that the failure is due to your ineptitude and negligence. Your self-love and pride — hostile to any humiliation — would lay the blame upon others or, at least, would lessen your guilt. Do not follow these vicious inclinations; conscientiously examine your conduct; find your failure; acknowledge your guilt before God, and accept the humiliation as a deserved punishment. If, however, your conscience does not accuse you of any guilt, adore the divine disposition even in this case; reflect that perhaps your past sins and an excessive self-confidence have removed the heavenly blessing from your labors.

J. Pecci (later Pope Leo XIII)

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