Pope Francis

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The practice of Humility - 48

Have for your neighbor a heart of charity and a perennial fountain of affection and sweetness; with holy zeal, try to help him in everything, but do always so to please the Lord.  Examine the motive of your actions to discover the snares of vanity and self-love.  Refer to God alone all the good you do; if you keep a good deed hidden and secret, known only to God, it will reap a priceless profit.  If by your negligence men know it, it will lose almost all its value, as does a good fruit which the birds have started to eat.

J. Pecci (later Pope Leo XIII)

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