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The seventh degree of humility is, that he should not only call himself with his tongue lower and viler than all, but also believe himself in his inmost heart to be so, humbling himself, and saying with the prophet: “I am a worm and no man, the shame of men and the outcast of the people. I have been exalted, and cast down, and confounded.” And again: “It is good for me that Thou hast humbled me, that I may learn Thy commandments.”
It often happens that a man may profess himself to be, as Saint Benedict says, lower and of less account than others, but as soon as someone or something reminds him of this, he takes offence. There is much to be said for being quite ordinary and unremarkable — just another chap doing his best to say his prayers, avoid sin, and get to heaven without leaving too much wreckage behind him on earth — but things are rarely that simple. We are all complex characters.
It is salutary , on certain days and at certain hours in life, to