Humility is one of the most important and most misunderstood virtues of christianity. We need to recover a correct conception. The 7 virtues The Catholic church tells us of 7 virtues to practice. The first four (which the pagans also had) are prudence
I like to think of Humility as "becoming invisible". Like your example of music--in a choir, if a singer is singing too loud or off key, they will stick out. For a singer to contribute to the good of the whole, they must disappear into the whole.
St. Joseph is how I realized this. He is present in the gospels in the story of Christ's early life, performs his job, and--disappears, his work done, allowing his foster-son to take center stage and prominence.
For us to humble ourselves is to allow ourselves to disappear into God and let God shine through us--so that when people see us they are directed to glorify God, and not to glorify, well, us.
Thank you for this reflection!
Thank you, Zealot! Well done.
Thank you, Stained Glass Zealot.
Great post. Another opposite of humility is hubris. An excessive and overbearing sense of one’s self worth. Our worth should come from God, not from ourselves.
Beautiful, thank you!