A Season of Lent : On Humility

What we need for the Lenten Journey is to see what God wants for us to see….

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. ( 1 Peter 5:6-7)

Lenten Prayer: Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner. Help me to live as you command.  Let Justice roll down like an everlasting stream and let mercy and justice kiss one another. May my enemies be at peace with me and may you be merciful to them and open their eyes. Help us both to trust you and not ourselves. In Jesus Name. Amen. Ora Pro Nobis

In The Hammer of God Chesterton reminds us of the most important aspect of Christian attitude and our view of all things: humility.  He goes on to remind us in his book, Orthodoxy, how putting humility in the wrong place, as he reminded about exercising the virtues wildly and apart from the truth, affects our faith and our pure and undefiled practice of religion. (James 1:27)

“I mean that one’s soul may fall if one’s body doesn’t,” said the other priest.

“I scarcely understand you,” remarked Bohun indistinctly.

“Look at that blacksmith, for instance,” went on Father Brown calmly; “a good man, but not a Christian–hard, imperious, unforgiving. Well, his Scotch religion was made up by men who prayed on hills and high crags, and learnt to look down on the world more than to look up at heaven. Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.” – G. K. Chesterton, The Hammer of God, The Innocence of Father Brown

“What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition and settled upon the organ of conviction, where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. We are on the road to producing a race of men too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.”

– G.K. Chesterton, The Suicide of Thought, Orthodoxy, 1908

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