THE SPIRITUAL CHAMPION
OF EVIL IS NO MATCH AGAINST HUMILITY
evil one is full of resources for your destruction. As soon as you
build the foundation of virtues in your soul, he has even sooner
undermined it with despair. As soon as you build the walls of the
house of virtue, even sooner does he attack you with indolence for
things spiritual. As soon as you do good works, he fills you with
arrogance and presumption.
fear not. He who wishes to be holy is more resourceful. Virtue is the
greater power because it receives help from above who is the author of
virtues. Virtue remains unmoved against the wiles of the devil and
easily raises up whoever sinks into the depths of sin, leading them
back to God through repentance and humility.
the publican, though in the depths of sin, was made righteous by a
short, single prayer. . .because of the virtue of humility.
Pharisees, on the other hand, had long prayers and much works of
mercy. . .they were even priests. But because they saw themselves as
persons of importance, i.e. pride, they provoked Christ's anger.
raises us to the heights of holiness; self-conceit plunges us into the
abyss of sin. How can we have a high regard for ourselves in the
presence of God? But when we regard ourselves as nothing and cry upon
God, we will surely obtain God's compassion. "The Lord resists
the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
devil is pride itself and arrogance is his trademark. This vice
destroys everything good in man. Humility is of the good angels and it
destroys everything bad in man.
comes from repentance; and it is from the tears of repentance that man
presents to God the right disposition for the receiving of countless