“Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God.” (Sirach 3:18)
My early memories of Catholic school religion class are discussions about the capital sin of pride versus virtue of humility. These distinctions were not helpful. As a young girl, I struggled with a healthy self-esteem, a sense that I maybe was not “good enough!” Further confusing my understanding of who I was, I compared myself to others and thought I should be like this or like that, please this one or that one. And so, very insidiously, flaunting a “false self” felt normal rather than being comfortable with my “true self.” I am 63-years old, and I am still trying to understand the person God truly made me to be!
Looking up the meaning of words can be helpful, sometimes. The words, “humble”, “humus”, “human” and “humor” all come from the same Latin root, “humilis.” In summary, to be humble is to be “down-to-earth,” “truly human” and to have the ability to laugh at oneself. To be humble is not to be self-effacing, inconspicuous, pietistic or self-debasing. Rather it is be fully open like the earth to receive freely God’s rain of graces into our lives and to become the person God made us to be – THE REAL DEAL – unique in all the world. If that isn’t “good enough”, I don’t know what is!
Sr. Pegge Boehm, PBVM
Co-Coordinator of the Graduate Suppport Program at Nora Cronin Presentation Academy, Newburgh, NY
SIRACH 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 ● PSALM 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11 ● HEBREWS 12:18-19, 22-24A ● LUKE 14:1, 7-14