Thoughts for Reflection from Benedictine & Monastic Authors

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2013 September 12 - Basil of Caesarea Preaches on Humility

If you do not understand that you have received grace and by an excess of stupidity ascribe to yourself the success which is a gift of grace, you are no better than Saint Peter. In fact, you will not be able to surpass Peter’s love who loved him so ardently that he desired to die for him. Yet, through his boasting, he spoke, saying: “Though all may have their faith in you shaken, mine will never be” (Mt 26:33), but God left him to his folly and he fell a victim to cowardice. He learned from his own weakness to be forgiving to the weak; he came to understand that truth just as when he was lifted up by the helping hand of Christ when he was sinking in the sea. (page 34)

The Way of Humility
by André Louf, OCSO