Pope Francis

Sunday, 19 July 2015

The practice of Humility - 38

When you are praised, instead of falling into vainglory, fear that praise as if it were the sole reward of the little good you have done.  Recognize inwardly your misery, deserving the contempt of the others, and cut off the discourse tactfully and discreetly; thus, no further thought will be given to your affairs.  Do not act as the proud, who pretend to be humble in order to gain more praises. If your efforts do not succeed, direct all the honor and glory to God, saying with Baruch and Daniel: “All honor and glory belongs to the Lord, our God; to us, the look of shame we wear today” (Bar 1:15).

J. Pecci (later Pope Leo XIII)

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