We all tend to be infatuated with the idea of strength -- but we fail to realize that all true strength is grounded in humility. We still relegate humility to the pale ranks of passive virtues and ornamental graces, whereas, in its legitimate development, it is a stout and soldierly quality. Humility, indeed, is simply a sense of reality and proportion. It is grounded upon a knowledge of the truth about ourselves and about God. "The reason why God is so great a lover of humility," says St. Vincent de Paul, "is because he is the great Lover of truth. Now humility is nothing but truth, whilst pride is nothing but lying."

E. Herman


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