From the editor: March 7, 2014

The Lord of Humility

It has always struck me as strange—and maybe just another sign of the authenticity of the Gospels—how many times Jesus has to admonish his Twelve Disciples--the future leaders of the Church--to lay aside any ambition for leadership positions.

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St. Paul admonishes all Christians: "Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others as better than yourselves." (Phil. 2:3)

Really? But what if I am clearly better than someone else? Then, I think Paul would say (and Jesus—see Matt. 7:5!), I am blind, to say the least. The bottom line is that such humility is not just an ideal, but the attitude that a normal Christian—Christ follower—must have. If you don't have it, then get it. (Read on in Philippians 2.) We don't have a choice in the matter, well, unless one happens to belong to the Church of Cafeteria Christianity.

Humility is the mark of the Christian, the heart of God-Incarnate, the Suffering Servant. I am inspired to these reflections by the discovery the Litany of Humility by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930). You can find the Litany of Humility here, and further down comments about Cardinal del Val by Mike Aquilina.

Whether you're Catholic, Baptist, Orthodox, Lutheran or whatever—this humility is mere Christianity. Church leaders—and lay members—could do a lot worse than devoting themselves to such a prayer. And by neglecting humility, we risk a rude awakening!

—James M. Kushiner