Humility and Charity

St Augustin by Antonio Rodríguez

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.

St Francois de Sales Giving the Rule of the Visitation to St Jeanne de Chantal by Noël Hallé

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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