“Pride transforms virtues into sins. Humility transforms sins into virtues.”
St. Maximilian Kolbe.
Today, we continue in earnest our preparation for Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and our reference is Father Stehlin’s book, “Who Are You, O Immaculata?” and the works of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who is undoubtedly the Apostle of Mary Immaculate for these latter times.
In order to prepare a sound foundation for our Consecration, we must consider carefully the roles played by pride and humility in all our efforts. St. Maximilian Kolbe reminds us that all that is of satan is inevitably characterized by a lack of humility. This is evident in the actions of the modernists controlling the Church at present, but here we are concerned with our own failings. When we are appalled by our own weaknesses, it is a sure sign that we are lacking in humility. Often, Satan tempts us to be discouraged at our shortcomings, when humility, if only we had it, would enable us to be grateful for not having fallen farther or more often.
St. Kolbe reminds us, “Humility is knowledge of oneself in accordance with the truth”. When we trust in God’s mercy, instead of relying on our own efforts, we have no reason for discouragement. With humility we understand at last, that we can do nothing at all without God’s help. The very fact that we pray, that we even so much as have a slight sentiment towards opening our hearts to God, is, of itself, a sign of God’s ineffable mercy towards us.
So, when we fail to reach our small daily goals, let’s use these occasions as an opportunity (for such they are – and so many!) to grow in the virtue of humility, which is simply to see ourselves as helpless and weak as we are before His Eternal Majesty. With Mary as our guide, we understand that humility does not consist in not recognizing the graces we receive, but in correctly attributing them to the infinite mercy of God, who generously grants us graces, even though we fall, even though we struggle.
Satan knows very well that our first step towards Our Blessed Mother is to recognize our sinfulness, to acknowledge our unworthiness in order that we can entrust ourselves to her. Therefore he exerts great efforts to obstruct us right from our initial steps. He tempts us in two primary ways, with discouragement and with unnecessary activities, distracting us with tasks that appeal to our foolish pride or which play on our scruples to urge us to inappropriate tasks.
Do not think that you must always be learning more in order to better serve Our Lady. Remember, at Fatima, she and the Angel taught the little shepherd children very simple prayers. Indeed, the Angel, returning to the children urged them, “Pray! Pray always!” and, “Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon (your Church).”
And so we simply spend a bit of quiet time with the gracious Lady, our Queen and our Mother, and let the wicked world go on its merry way. Those who are hers will heed her softly spoken call. By our devotion to her, we open up our hearts, allowing her generous and pure heart to pour forth graces on our church and the world, so parched and desolate, so hungry for the grace and true mercy of God.
This is what is important. This is our task. The rest is dross…
† Precious Blood of Jesus, save us, save our priests!
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin; Give me strength against thine enemies!