Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 7: On Humility, June 5, 2017

February 4, June 5, October 5
Chapter 7: On Humility

The seventh degree of humility
is that he consider himself lower and of less account
than anyone else,
and this not only in verbal protestation
but also with the most heartfelt inner conviction,
humbling himself and saying with the Prophet,
“But I am a worm and no man,
the scorn of men and the outcast of the people” (Ps. 21:7).
“After being exalted, I have been humbled
and covered with confusion” (Pa. 87:16).
And again,
“It is good for me that You have humbled me,
that I may learn Your commandments” (Ps. 118:71).

 

Some thoughts
 
As I read these words, I can’t help but contrast them with our modern notions of self-esteem. I, for instance, am willing to believe myself as no better than anyone else. But I wonder if perhaps Benedict took sin more seriously than I? And if I took my sin as seriously as perhaps he did, I too would know I was a worm?
 
Any ideas?
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