There is no joy like that known by the truly poor in spirit.
poor in spirit = rich in humility. But what is humility? Doesn't that mean being pushed around, over looked and taken for granted? Not according to St. Therese, or another great saint - St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent says that Humility means 2 things: being teachable and approachable.
It is recognizing the truth of our situation, and being open and willing to learn, change and grow; to move beyond being passive, passive aggressive, or depressed and dejected. We dwell in those houses because pride keeps us locked inside. Humility, and its sister, gratitude, are the antidote, the keys that unlock the door and open the windows. St. Vincent de Paul called humility the "foundation of the virtuous life." It impossible to build without this strong foundation.
The good God says to me 'Give always without concerning yourself with results.'
These are comforting words, indeed! They remind us that our efforts should not be judged simply by immediate, measureable results. St. Therese's own life bore witness to this. It is remarkable to think of the difference her life has made, especially since her life was very short and mostly hidden in a convent. We should not be disturbed if we see no effects from our efforts, as long as we know we have truly done all we could - if we have 'given of ourselves.'
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