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The third degree of humility is, that a man for the love of God submit himself to his superior in all obedience; imitating the Lord, of Whom the apostle saith: “He was made obedient even unto death.”
The Third Degree of Humility tells us that a monk’s submission to his superior in all obedience, for the love of God, is what makes a monk like Christ. Saint Benedict quotes Saint Paul’s hymn in celebration of the self–emptying (κένωσις) and glorification of Christ, the Christus factus est, that we sing again and again during the Sacred Paschal Triduum:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross. For which cause