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Ever felt like you were just slogging your way through the spiritual life?
You're doing your best to work on this virtue or that, but frustrated because you just can't seem to make progress.
Yes, you've had some minor victories here and there...like not speaking when everything inside of you was screaming, "Are you kidding me???"
Or maybe you changed the channel or clicked away from something you knew wasn't going to be good for your soul.
Even so, all too often it feels like one step forward and two steps backward in the life of virtue.
We've all been there at some point or another.
But there's hope...
Perhaps you've heard that humility is the queen of the virtues.
In fact, the spiritual greats call it the "Queen of the Virtues" because it feeds and empowers the rest of them.
And there's a deeper secret power of this queenly virtue that once understood and employed, can radically change your whole spiritual life.
Give me four minutes and I'll explain it in today's Sainthood Snippet.
God bless and enjoy!
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And here's one of the most powerful secrets of the spiritual life that most people don't realize. Humility isn't just the tap root or foundation of all the other virtues. It actually repairs and heals any of the deficiencies in our other virtues. Now, how does that work exactly? Well, let me answer a question with a question. When does Saint Paul say we are most powerful? Is it when we finally stop gossiping about other people? Is it when we finally stop wasting so much time in front of the TV? Is it when we finally grow enough in patience that Father's 10 minute homily only makes us a little antsy? Nope, nope and nope, our power has nothing to do with minor victories. We are most strong when we are weak.
Now, that sounds a little counterintuitive. I know but hear me out, Saint Paul tells us in first Corinthians that the Lord said to him, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. In other words, the Lord himself fills up the gap in our weakness. His grace makes up what we're lacking. Now, when you think about this, it's a total game changer. I mean, unless you're a long way down the spiritual road, it's a good bet you've got a sin or two that you're constantly confessing over and over when you head into the box and it can be so incredibly frustrating, you just can't seem to squash it. And when you show up at confession on Saturday at your parish, you're hoping that perhaps there's a visiting priest because it kills you to have to confess to your parish priest the same sins yet again. Am I wrong?
But Christ is saying, listen, you're weak, accept it. You can't do it on your own. But if you humbly give it over to me, I'll take care of it for you. I'll replace your weakness with my strength and power. I'll fill you up with myself. And when we accept this amazing offer in humility, it supercharges our spiritual life. That's why Paul says I will all the more gladly boast of my weakness that the power of Christ may rest upon me for the sake of Christ. Then I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Well, the problem is that this isn't so easy for us. We've got so much pride to squash. But that's why the grace of humility is the greatest of all. And when we lack a virtue or find ourselves confessing that same sin over and over and accept and give it over to God in humble confidence, he fills us up and takes over. He goes about perfecting us. He heals the defect because He himself replaces it. Remember, we become more perfect by filling up with Christ. What this means is that no matter what you struggle with, no matter what virtue you lack, no matter what bad habits that have been damaging you for years, you can have confidence that giving it all over to God in humility is like a powerful antibiotic that heals and perfects our spirit. That's why Saint Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 12:9, that he will gladly boast of his weaknesses that the power of Christ may rest upon him. So like Saint Paul, let's not beat ourselves up over our weakness. Let's give it over to Christ in full humility, secure in the knowledge that if we die to ourselves, we'll live forever with him. God bless you.