The Mother of Virtues

Humility is the mother of many virtues. From it spring obedience, holy fear, reverence, patience, modesty, mildness, and peace. -St. Thomas of Villanova

Here we see the reason why St. Francis, St. Dominic, St. Vincent de Paul, and so many others, became remarkable for all the virtues above mentioned. It is because they were remarkable for humility.

Whoever is not very humble, can never draw profit from contemplation, in which any little atom of insufficient humility, though it may seem nothing, works the greatest harm. -St. Teresa

St. Gertrude, one day, hearing the little bell ring for Communion, and not feeling as well prepared as she desired, said to the Lord: “I see that Thou art even now coming to me; but why hast Thou not first adorned my heart with some ornaments of devotion, with which I might be more suitably prepared to come and meet Thee?” But the Lord answered: “Know that sometimes I am more pleased with the virtue of humility than with exterior devotion.”

Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).

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