Fra Angelico's The Virgin of Humility


In Paradise there are many saints who never gave alms on earth: their

poverty justified them. There are many saints who never mortified their

bodies by fasting or wearing hair-shirts: their bodily infirmities excused

them. There are many saints, too, who were not virgins: their vocation was otherwise.


But in Paradise there is no saint who was not humble.


God banished angels from heaven for their pride; therefore how can we pretend to enter therein if we do not keep ourselves in a state of humility?


To be humble is to be truthful before God, for what is humility but a

recognition of ourselves as totally dependent on Him?


Saint Vincent de Paul said: "The reason God is such a great lover of humility is that He is a great lover of truth. Humility is, in fact, truth, while pride is nothing but lying."


from Humility of Heart by Father Cajetan

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Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart (Matt 11:29)

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