MEDITATION OF THE DAY
Anyone who thinks of what he is, what he has been, and what he can do of himself will find it difficult to be proud. To shatter pride it is enough to remember that the first sign of real virtue is to consider self as nothing at all. We have only to look at Jesus Christ who emptying himself gave all glory to his Father.
If people praise me, it is a mistake, an injustice done to God. People do not think so highly of us as we imagine: they know our faults, even those we do not see ourselves. If God uses me for great things, he should be praised and thanked for making use of such a poor instrument, but I myself am not on that account any better…. We should imitate our Lady: she acknowledged that God had done great things for her and that all generations would call her blessed, but instead of attributing anything to herself she says: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord (Lk 1:46).
It seems to me that a man who sees himself praised for some virtue or good action should be as ashamed as an honorable man would be to be taken for someone else and praised for things he had not done.
Really humble people are never scandalized: they know their own weakness too well; they know that they themselves are so close to the edge of the precipice and they are so afraid of falling over that they are not at all astonished to see others do so…. We have no reason to despise anyone. A humble man sees only his own faults. It is a sign of little virtue to notice the imperfections of others. A person may be imperfect today who in a little while, recognizing this, may rise to great sanctity.
Saint Claude La Colombière
Saint Claude La Colombière († 1682) was a French Jesuit priest and the spiritual director of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. [From The Spiritual Direction of Saint Claude de la Colombière, Mother M. Philip, i.b.v.m., Tr. © 1934, Burns Oates & Washbourne, Ltd., Ignatius Press, San Francisco, CA. www.ignatius.com. Used with permission.]