Friday, May 09, 2008

Humilty check

Luke 14:11 Because every one that exalteth himself, shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.

Signs of a lack of humility, from the Furrow:

1. Thinking what you do or say is better than what others do or say
2. Always wanting to get your own way
3. Arguing when you are not right, or even when you are - insisting stubbornly with bad manners
4. Giving your opinion without being asked for it, when charity does not demand that you do so
5. Despising the point of view of others
6. Not being aware that all your gifts and qualities are on loan from God
7. Not acknowledging that you are unworthy of all honour and esteem; even the ground you walk on or the things you own
8. Mentioning yourself as an example in conversation
9. Speaking badly about yourself, so that others may form a good opinion of you, or contradict you
10. Making excuses when rebuked
11. Hiding some humiliating faults from your spiritual director so that he may not lose the good opinion he has of you
12. Hearing praise with satisfaction, or being glad that others have spoken well of you
13. Being hurt that others are held in greater esteem than you
14. Refusing to carry out menial tasks
15. Seeking or wanting to be singled out
16. Letting drop words of self-praise in conversation, or words that might show your honesty, your wit or your skill, your professional prestige...
17. Being ashamed of not having certain possessions


Shirley said...

Thanks for the reality check. A good prayer for this is the Litany of Humility on page 69 of the Pieta Prayerbook.

Micki said...

Looks like I should take this list into the confessional. Great topic.

Shirley - I will go look that up. Thanks for the positive idea.

Micki said...

PS.....Forgot to tell you that I had to turn off my comments for awhile because of all the spam I am getting.

Marie said...

What a wonderful and timely reflection and reminder. Thankyou Paramedicgirl..I will print this out.

Peace & JOY to you:)

Marie xooxox

paramedicgirl said...

Micki, I noticed that you had turned off comments. It must be annoying, having spammers try to get people to click on their links from your combox.

Tom in Vegas said...

This is like a pre-confession check list.

I tell you what, after reading this I sure could stand to be a little more humble. Perhaps even A LOT.