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StirItUp
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Thanks Lisa,

Great contribution.

Blessings,


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William

 2017/8/30 9:06Profile









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Thank you for sharing, Lisa. Humility does not seek it's own, nor does it try to prove its right. Jesus could have defended Himself by correcting others, but He didn't. He always pointed to the Father, and He shared parables that only new babies in the Faith could understand. Jesus was gentle and lowly, and still is.

Lord Jesus, teach us true humility and Love. Amen

 2017/8/30 10:21
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 Re: Humility...and purity

If we let our progress in religious life depend on the observance of its externals alone,
our devotion will quickly come to an end. Let us, then, lay the axe to the root that we may
be freed from our passions and thus have peace of mind.
If we were to uproot only one vice each year, we should soon become perfect. The contrary,
however, is often the case—we feel that we were better and purer in the first fervor of
our conversion than we are after many years in the practice of our faith. Our fervor and
progress ought to increase day by day; yet it is now considered noteworthy if a man can retain
even a part of his first fervor.
If we did a little violence to ourselves at the start, we should afterwards be able to do all
things with ease and joy. It is hard to break old habits, but harder still to go against our will.
If you do not overcome small, trifling things, how will you overcome the more difficult?
Resist temptations in the beginning, and unlearn the evil habit lest perhaps, little by little,
it lead to a more evil one.
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If you but consider what peace a good life will bring to yourself and what joy it will give
to others, I think you will be more concerned about your spiritual progress.

- Imitation of Christ


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 2017/8/31 4:47Profile
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 Re: Humility...and temptation

"Many people try to escape temptations, only to fall more deeply. We cannot conquer
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simply by fleeing, but by patience and true humility we become stronger than all our enemies.
The man who only shuns temptations outwardly and does not uproot them will make little
progress; indeed they will quickly return, more violent than before.
Little by little, in patience and long-suffering you will overcome them, by the help of
God rather than by severity and your own rash ways. Often take counsel when tempted;
and do not be harsh with others who are tempted, but console them as you yourself would
wish to be consoled.
The beginning of all temptation lies in a wavering mind and little trust in God, for as a
rudderless ship is driven hither and yon by waves, so a careless and irresolute man is
tempted in many ways. Fire tempers iron and temptation steels the just. Often we do not
know what we can stand, but temptation shows us what we are.
Above all, we must be especially alert against the beginnings of temptation, for the enemy
is more easily conquered if he is refused admittance to the mind and is met beyond the
threshold when he knocks"

- Imitation of Christ


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 Re: Humility...and daily practices

"If you cannot recollect yourself continuously, do so once a day at least, in the morning
or in the evening. In the morning make a resolution and in the evening examine yourself
on what you have said this day, what you have done and thought, for in these things perhaps
you have often offended God and those about you.
Arm yourself like a man against the devil’s assaults. Curb your appetite and you will
more easily curb every inclination of the flesh. Never be completely unoccupied, but read
or write or pray or meditate or do something for the common good. Bodily discipline,
however, must be undertaken with discretion and is not to be practiced indiscriminately by
everyone."

-Imitation of Christ


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"..Humility is a grace, of which the very essence is unconsciousness, and which, being itself negative, cannot live, except by resting on some more positive quality, such as faith or love. Whenever it is consciously cultivated and "delighted in, "it loses all its grace; it becomes either unreal, "the pride that apes humility," or it turns to abject slavishness and meanness. Of such depravations Church history is unhappily full."

excerpt from Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers col. 2:18

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