Love does not Put-on Airs
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Proud Persons are like Balloons, filled-with Air. They 'Act' Important, but in-Reality, they are
nothing more than Hot Air, which 'Escapes' as-soon-as the Balloon is 'Pierced'. Those who Love God are
Humble, and are not Deceived-by their own-Qualities, because they Know-that
whatever they Possess, is a Gift-of-God. They Realize that without God, they are
only Nothingness and Sin. This Awareness-of the
Divine Action, Humbles them even-more, and it makes them Mindful-of being Unworthy, and yet Favored-by
Two (2) Basics are Essential-to the Stability-of a House: the 'Foundation', and the 'Roof'. Our
Spiritual 'Foundation', consists-of Humility, as it 'Recognizes' our own
Unworthiness; and the Spiritual 'Roof' is the Assistance-of-God, in-which we Place
all our Confidence.
Extraordinary Blessings from God, Call-for added
Humility, on our Part. When Saint Teresa received any Special Favor, she Called-to Mind, all the
Faults she had ever Committed; and because of this, the Lord 'Drew' her into even
closer-Union (1), with Himself. The more we 'Admit' our Unworthiness, in the
Eyes-of the Lord, the more He 'Enriches' us with His
Graces. A Single (1) Act-of-Humility, is Worth more-than, all the
Wealth-of the Universe.
If we Hope-to 'Persevere' in God's Grace until Death, we must Place
our Confidence-in God alone. The Proud 'Fall', because they Rely-on their
own Strength; but the Humble, by-Placing all their Trust in God
alone, 'Stand Firm', and do not Fall, because they continually-Remind themselves:
"I can do all these things in Him, Who Strengtheneth me" - Philippians 4:13. We should Continually, even to the very
Last Moments-of our Lives, 'Question' our own Strength, and 'Place' all our Confidence in-God, always Begging
Him, to-Give us Humility.
But, in-order-to be Humble, it is not enough to have a Low Opinion-of ourselves, and
to-Consider ourselves the Miserable Beings that we really are. Those who consider themselves the Greatest
Sinners in the World, and then are Angry, when others
Despise them, Clearly do not show Humility-of the
Heart. "Learn of Me, because I am Meek, and Humble of Heart: and you shall find Rest, to your
Souls" - Matthew 11:29. Saint-Thomas-Aquinas tells us, that Persons who Resent being Slighted, can be
Certain-that they are very Far from Sanctity, even if they 'Work' Miracles.
It is Impossible-for us, not to-Accept Contempt, if we Love Jesus
Christ, and see how He Suffered in
His Passion. This is why our Redeemer wants us to-keep
His Image, Present-on our Altars, not in the
Glory-of-the-Resurrection, but in the Ignominy-of-the-Cross. It is this
Sight, that makes the Saints Rejoice-at being Held in-Contempt, by the World.
If certain Persons - Pretending-to Live Spiritually ─
Pray, Communicate Frequently, Fast, and
Practice Mortification, and yet Refuse-to put-up-with a Cutting Word, of-what is
this an Indication? It is a Sign that they are without-Humility and without-Virtue.
What Scandal it is, to see People who Communicate Frequently, and
yet Appear-to Resent every little Unkind Remark, made about them! Picture,
on-the-other-hand, the Good that is Accomplished-by those who Answer with-Kindness,
to-Unkind Remarks. The Lord 'Proves' the Worth-of
His Faithful Servants, by Trials-of this Kind, to-see-if they have Learned-to 'Overcome' themselves, and
to-Keep their Peace. Nature, indeed, will sometimes Rebel, but therein, 'Lies' the
Those who are Really Humble, never-Think that they are Humiliated, as-much-as they
Deserve. Those who Share this Disposition, are called "Blessed" by Jesus Christ,
Rather-than those who are Honored-in this World, and are 'Praised' as 'Learned' and 'Powerful'. This Honor is Reserved-for those who are
Persecuted and Reviled, because their Reward will be Great-in
Heaven (see Matthew 5:11-12).
Blessed are ye, when they shall Revile you, and Persecute you, and Speak all that is Evil against you,
Untruly, for My Sake. Be Glad and Rejoice, for your Reward is very Great in Heaven. For so they Persecuted the Prophets,
that were before you. - (Matthew 5:11-12)
A Good Opportunity for-Practicing Humility is Offered us, when we are
Corrected-for some Fault. Certain Persons are like Porcupines: They seem Calm,
as-long-as they are Untouched, but no-sooner does someone 'Touch' them, with a Remark-about something they have not Done Well, and
Instantly, they become All-Needles! They Answer Heatedly, that such is not the Case. They 'Behave' like Persons,
who 'Scream' at a Surgeon, who Causes them Pain, while 'Treating' their Wound.
When Truly Humble Persons, are Corrected-for their
Faults, says Saint-John-Chrysostom, they 'Show' sincere-Sorrow. When
Proud Persons 'Receive' Correction, they also 'Show'
Sorrow, but they Grieve only because, their Faults
have been 'Detected'.
Saint Teresa tells us that sometimes we 'Make' more Progress, by-'Resisting' the Impulse to-'Excuse' Ourselves, than-by 'Listening'-to
Ten (10) Sermons, because by not 'Excusing' Ourselves, we 'Exercise'
Freedom-of-Spirit, heedless-of what the World, 'Thinks'-of us.
"O my God, make me a Saint"
Saint Alphonsus Mary Liguori
Incarnate Word, I 'Beg' You, by the Merits-of Your Holy Humility, to 'Deliver' me from all Pride,
and 'Grant' me a Share-of Your Humility. What Right have I, to 'Complain'-of any Insult that is 'Offered me', when I have Deserved
Jesus, by the Merits-of all the Scorn and Insults, that You 'Endured'-in Your Passion,
'Give' me the Grace to Live and Die, Humbled-for Your Sake. For Your Love, I would Willingly be 'Despised' and 'Rejected' by the
Whole World. But, without You, I can do Nothing.
I Love You and I Hope, through You, to-Fulfill my Desire-of 'Suffering' everything, for You:
Insults, Betrayal, Dryness, and Desolation. Do not Forsake me.
Enkindle in me the Desire to-Please You. Give me Fervor, in Loving You. Grant me Peace-of-Mind
in-Suffering for You. Give me Resignation, in all Contradiction. Have Mercy on me. I Deserve nothing, but I place all my Hopes
I also 'Place' all my Trust in you, my-Queen and my-Mother Mary, because you are the