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 – First Day of February


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


Humility is the foundation of every virtue. There is no better means to obtain heavenly gifts than humility. — St. Augustine.

The virtue the practice of which St. Vincent of Paul most recommends is humility.

It is the virtue which St. Louis of Gonzaga desired with most ardor; every day he prayed to the saints and angels to obtain b their intercession the grace to follow in this royal road in which they had walked before him.

A holy religious was accustomed to say: “I would willingly give both eyes to acquire the virtue of humility.”


My God, give me humility; grant that I may know my nothingness, my miseries, my weakness. Grant that this knowledge may keep me humble in thy sight; and my I never cease to implore the assistance of Thy grace!

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