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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 first two degrees of humility are not peculiar to monks. The Christian living in the world will also strive to “keep the fear of God before his eyes, avoid all forgetfulness; and be ever mindful of all that God hath commanded” (1st Degree). Our Lord calls every Christian to “love not his own will, nor delight in fulfilling his own desires” (2nd Degree). There are monks who readily enough apply themselves to living the first two degrees of humility, but who balk at the third degree of humility. Such monks remain at the level of judging for themselves what is the will of God, what things ought to be embraced, and what things spurned. The “I” holds a preponderant place in all that they do: I think; I see; I understand;