Friday, 30 August 2013

MEDJUGORJE: HOLY HUMILITY


MEDJUGORJE : Holy Humility

 
..in ethics the concept of humility denotes one’s modest sense of self-worth...and upon the measure of how ardently they seek submission to others out of charity and with a view to unity of final cause...the humble serve the Church the proud serve themselves and their own tempestuous emotionality...in this sense no-one may humiliate another unless they ascribe to selfish ends then by participation in scandal they damage the mystical body of Christ...in the end such a person humiliates themselves and brings misery and travail upon the Church itself....

 

...as we see in MEDJUGORJE among the proponents and among the maverick seers themselves the concept of humility has not been explicated according to the examples of the saints...in MEDJUGORJE holy humility has been replaced by duplicity and arrogant self-importance...many adherents say all the outward exercises at MEDJUGORJE have brought about a hale and edifying aspect to their spirit however such people are working on emotional motives which are outward...if operating on the spiritual aspect inwardly one may easily see that there is no humility in all these exercises...since as animate rational beings we are composite in nature..our substantial core (inward) is spiritual a soul...our outward form is expressed in flesh and governed by (emotions) appetites ..hence what we see at MEDJUGORJE in many adherents is just pretentious spiritual guile....

 

...accordingly it befits one who is humble not to wish to acquire any office which is above such a one....the concept of vocation comes into play all the more in this circumstance...accordingly we see in MEDJUGORJE that many have taken it upon themselves as experts in the spiritual life to discern the phenomenon at MEDJUGORJE as being truly supernatural..however  according to the Church this is not the case....it is also contrary to humility to attach one’s cognitive reason to their own powers  and in this manner confide in one’s own particular judgement concerning public matters without conferring on the aid of God and his grace...in this way one through holy humility subjects themselves to God’s help and so a person who relies on God more is enlightened and raised up in God’s eyes all the more...

...we see this is not occurring in MEDJUGORJE as people are relying on their own judgements and not relying on the Church of Christ and her bishops and her magisterium to make the way straight....since God has set up a visible Church we are bound by holy prudence to follow it and consent to the Church’s decrees...prudence temperance justice fortitude..the cardinal virtues working together in unity of the mystical body of Christ..this is how we identify true apparitions from falsehood....

 

..now let us see what the saints have to say about holy humility....


 
 "The virtue of humility",….., "Consists in keeping oneself within one's own bounds, not reaching out to things above one, but submitting to one's superior"

 -Thomas Aquinas


 “Only through the degrees of humility can one reach heaven. God is infinitely perfect, and pride keeps us far from Him, but through humility we are able to approach Him.”

 
“Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance”

 -St. Augustine


                                              The soul's true greatness is in loving God and in humbling oneself in His presence, completely forgetting oneself and believing oneself to be nothing; because the Lord is great, but He is well-pleased only with the humble; He always opposes the proud.”

 -St. Faustina


 
One of the brethren once asked me,” Tell us about one of the scenes you have sighted so that we can profit from it.” In response I said, “Anyone who is a sinner like me does not have scenes to recount. But if you want to see a glorious scene that can truly benefit you, I can tell you where to find it. It is that of a man humble of heart and pure. This is a scene more splendid than any because through it you can see God who cannot be seen! Do not ask about a scene greater than this.”

 -Saint Pachomius the Great

 
 
“…The toil of man without humility is void.”

 “….humility purifies every adversary thought..”

 -St. John el-Daragi
 

 
The humbleness of the heart comes ahead of all virtues.
Let us hold fast to humility in every manner and every work.

 - St. Moses the Black
 
...............amen