DAY 6: AUGUSTINE MODEL OF HUMILITY
In the name of the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Humility is attained only in battle. The importance of tribulations in your spiritual life lies in the fact that only through such trials do you acquire true humility. You see clearly the futility of your own efforts and the importance of God becoming your Savior…Prided is the ultimate temptation that is never conquered. (Pause)
READING: From the Book IF AUGUSTINE WERE ALIVE
For Augustine, humility does not consist in putting ourselves down, having a poor self-image of ourselves, failing to appreciate or develop our God-given talents and other gifts. Augustine even accuses people who act like immature adults “milk drinkers” instead of mature adults who take solid foods to nourish themselves and make progress in their faith. His description of humility is simple and straightforward, “No one is telling you: be less than you are, but to know that you are man, know yourself in sinner. Know that it He (God) who frees you from blame; Know that you are tarnished. Let your confession reveal the stain of your heart, and you will belong to the flock of God” (end of the reading)
Moments of reflection- If humility is truth, how do I make this come alive in terms of my relationship with others in community?
LITANY IN HONOR OF SAINT AUGUSTINE
Lord, have mercy on us…
God the Father of Heaven Have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the World Have mercy on us
God, the Holy Spirit Have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God Have mercy on us
Mary, Mother of Jesus Pray for us
Mary, Mother of Consolation Pray for us
Mary, Mother of Good Counsel Pray for us
St. Augustine, bright star of the Church Pray for us
St. Augustine, filled with zeal for God’s glory Pray for us
St. Augustine, dauntless defender of the truth Pray for us
St. Augustine, the triumph of divine grace Pray for us
St. Augustine, on fire with the love of God Pray for us
St. Augustine, so great and so humble Pray for us
St. Augustine, prince of bishops and doctors Pray for us
St. Augustine, father of monastic life Pray for us
St. Augustine, holiest of the wise and wisest of the holy Pray for us
Pray for us St. Augustine That may become worthy of the promises of Christ.
ALL: Incline our hearts to your goodness, O Lord and turn our eyes from vanities and pride that we may be followers of your words. Learn from me because I am weak and humble of heart. Grant that we may grow daily in the virtue of humility so dear to the heart of our Father Saint Augustine. Amen.