Humility and Charity

Whoever humbleth himself, shall be exalted. -Lk 14:11

Humility is the foundation of all the virtues; therefore, in a soul where it does not exist, there can be no true virtue, but the mere appearance only. -St. Augustine

St. Vincent de Paul perceived that all his advancement and almost all the graces he had received, were due to this virtue; and for this reason he inculcated it so much, and so greatly desired to introduce it into his Congregation.

Humility and charity are the two master-chords: one, the lowest; the other, the highest; all the others are dependent on them. Therefore, it is necessary, above all, to maintain ourselves in these two virtues; for, observe well that the preservation of the whole edifice depends on the foundation and the roof. -St. Francis de Sales

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

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