Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like Yours!
Sunday, July 6, 2014
The mystical chrism of meekness and humility
"'Learn of me,' he says, 'for I am meek and humble of heart' (Matthew 11:29). Humility perfects us with respect to God, and meekness with respect to our neighbor .... balm, which sinks deeper than any other liquid, symbolizes humility, while olive oil, which always rises to the top, symbolizes meekness and mildness, which rise above all things and stand out among the virtues as the flower of charity. According to St. Bernard, it is perfect when it is not only patient but also meek and mild. Take care...that this mystical chrism compounded of meekness and humility is found within your heart." ~St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life (Book 3, Chapter 8)