Vincent reminds us.
“God pours out his inexhaustible gifts on the humble, those who recognize that all good done by them comes from God.”
(Documents, vol.11, pp. 56-67)
- Do I recognize the truth of who I am?
- Do I protect myself by intimidating others?
- Do I cause others to be on the defensive?
- Do I treat people as well as I think I should?
Some signs of growth
- Recognizes God as the source of all life – especially his own
- Depends on God and has confidence in God’s generosity and love
- Loves self and others
- Is profoundly grateful for his life
- Appreciates even the small things in life
- Enjoys life
- Accepts gratefully all that is given
- Does humble, hidden work for the community and the poor without calling attention to himself
- Ability to admit mistakes and sinfulness
- Offers and receives forgiveness graciously and generously
- Ability to graciously accept correction from others especially the poor – who are his “Lords and Masters”
- Ability to learn and be evangelized by others, especially the poor
Some signs for need growth
- Depends on self
- Self-identity is formed from his social status, interests and possessions
- Expects privilege
- Is ungrateful
- Expects to be served
- Ignores kind gestures from others
- Is self-absorbed and narcissistic
- Is seen by the poor as arrogant, aloof and demeaning
- Is unwilling to do humble work
- Expects to be praised for what he does
- Does not admit mistakes
- Does not offer forgiveness easily
- Is a “know it all”
- Is harmful to self and others
Emmet Nolan, cm