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Aug. 29, 2010: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If we wish to die like the saints we must live like them. Let us force ourselves to imitate their virtues, in particular humility and charity.”

For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Luke 14:11)

This passage is taken from a longer reading in the 14th chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel. Jesus gives examples of what it means to humble ourselves.
We live in a world where being humble is not popular. We all like to feel important. It seems the stars, in sports or in the movies, get all the attention. Jesus always calls our attention to others and making them important.
He also reminds us that what counts is importance in God’s eyes and in practicing humility we will be rewarded.

Action:

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin spoke frequently of humility. Among other things she said this, “If we wish to die like the saints we must live like them. Let us force ourselves to imitate their virtues, in particular humility and charity.” Keep in mind that humility is a virtue. As Christians we must live a virtuous life, including practicing humility. Take time to read the 14th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, verses 7-14.

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Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth is a general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister and director of novices.

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