Thursday, April 23, 2020
THE FIRST DEGREE OF HUMILITY FROM "THE SHEPHERD OF MY SOUL BY WILFRED LE SAGE
"St Augustine clearly pointed out the difference between pride and humility when he said:
'Pride is the love of self even to the contempt of God; humility is the love of God even to
the contempt of self.' The first degree of humility is necessary for salvation. The first degree consists, therefore in the habitual disposition to obey God's law in all things."
Source: Le Sage, Wilfred. "The Joyful Mysteries" in The Shepherd of my Soul. p.153.
* It is not easy to be humble, but it is attainable with care and diligence. It is necessary
for salvation as St Augustine had said. Pride is the cause of the alienation of our forefathers
with God. Therefore, pride must be subdued in order to please God.
We live in the world to please God and not to please men. As the Bible passage goes,
"What profit does a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?" In the process,
we have to avoid all types of vanity and quest for riches that are material. What we have to
focus is to be rich in the eyes of God. At the end of the day, we will realise that:
" God suffice, nothing matters." by St Theresa of Avila.