Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Humble learning

Being learned is indeed impressive, but the real wise men and women are humble seekers of the truth, ever keeping an open mind, realizing that they do not know everything.  Some who went to prestigious schools may think that they know everything as they come out.  They forget their roots and even what is basic, to respect their parents.  Such attitude of pride “goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18).

A good advice is not to believe anybody but because you want to go deeper, you keep on asking the important questions of life and destiny, as a little child does.  Truly did Jesus say, “Unless you change and humble yourselves as little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 18:3). On the other hand, beware of remaining ignorant all your life and remember “a little knowledge is dangerous.”

Words further reflect a person’s character. They mirror one’s inner strength, courage, wisdom and serenity that help shed light on one’s steps day by day. Honest words will win the trust of others;  humility will win their support.  Each day may the power of words find us inspired, strengthened, and abundant with God’s heavenly blessings.  May the words of our simple prayer keep us aware of our soul’s continued quest for Godliness which will spell lasting happiness.  May we be open to the small “epiphanies” of God’s presence and surprise blessings day by day—to stay blessed and continue to be a blessing.

The start of another year is a call to go to the deep (‘duc in altum’), learn more from God and creatures, and be humble enough to admit how little one knows, while being open to find the words that reveal a God of truth and love.  How wonderful to learn from Jesus and the Saints that humility is truth.  “He who humbles himself shall be exalted.  He who exalts himself shall be humbled” (Mt. 23:12; Lk. 14:11; Lk. 18:14).

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