Meditation for the month of February: Humility. Image: “Christ washing Peter’s feet,” by Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893). (DeAgostini Picture Library / Getty Images)

Humility – Eighth Day of February


He that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” — St. Luke 14:11


Be abject in your own eyes, and esteem yourself happy to be regarded so by others. Do not exalt yourself on account of the gifts of God. Then you will be perfectly humble. — St. Bonaventure.

St. Magdalene of Pazzi persuaded herself that she was the most miserable of creatures, that there was nothing on earth more abominable than herself. Her great humility made her exaggerate her least faults, so that others also might have the same opinion of her. It was a great torment to so humble a soul to hear herself praised, to see herself esteemed. She was most unhappy that she was unable to hide the favors which Our Lord granted her as a sign of His love and of her predilection.

Another saint attributed to her sins all those committed by others. She said she resembled the demon on account of her pride and ingratitude.


Lord, have compassion on the greatest of sinners, on beholding that I detest my sins because they offend Thee Who art my Father, my God.

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