Humble As Dirt

The word humility comes from the word humus, which means earth, or in particular the under-earth. The dark soft spongy earth without any plant decay still in it. Our word humility can make us think of the words at Ash Wednesday, “You are dust and to dust you shall return.” It is said that humility is the first of the virtues, because it situates us in reality and lets us receive the truth of all the other virtues – it is always the best place to start when building virtue. Humility is the contra virtue to pride, which is the root of all vices. When we practice humility, or we allow God to humble us, He removes all the things that would prevent us from growing and soaring to the heights of virtue so we don’t grow as a crooked tree or a tower with weak foundations. Last week we spoke about being magnanimous, or seeking to be great in virtue and spirit. How in the world do those two pair together? Well both are virtues and luckily the virtues don’t work against each other. Humility is the truth with charity, and the truth is that God wants us to be the greatest most virtuous men we possibly can. At the same time we need to acknowledge that it is God who has given us everything and He is the one who is above all. Do you see how they can go together? God is above all so we need to humbly submit to him and others who are his servants and creatures and at the same time he calls us to be great, to be the strong, powerful, virtuous men He has called us to be.

Humble As Dirt

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