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The sixth degree of humility is, for a monk to be contented with the meanest and worst of everything, and in all that is enjoined him to esteem himself a bad and worthless labourer, saying with the prophet: “I have been brought to nothing, and I knew it not: I am become as a beast before Thee, yet I am always with Thee.”
The Sixth Degree of Humility sends us back to the second chapter of Genesis in which the first Adam is presented as God’s labourer: “So the Lord God took the man and put him in his garden of delight, to cultivate and tend it” (Genesis 2:15). The Sixth Degree of Humility sends us, as well, to the work of which Our Lord speaks in His Priestly Prayer:
I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now glorify thou me, O Father, with thyself, with the glory which I had, before the world was, with thee. (John 17:4–5)
And in another place Our Lord speaks of this same work: