Humility, Chapter 4
"Learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly of heart. "--Matt. 11: 29. "Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant, even as the Son of Man came to server." Matt.10:27.
We have seen humility in the life of Christ, as He laid open His heart to us: let us listen to His teaching. There we shall hear how He speaks of it, and how far He expects men, and specially His disciples, to be humble as He was. Let us carefully study the passages, which I can scarce do more than quote, to receive the full impression of how often and how earnestly He taught it: it may help us to realize what He asks of us.
How little this is preached. How little it is practiced. How little the lack of it is felt or confessed. I do not say how few attain to it, some recognizable measure of likeness to Jesus in His humility. But how few ever think, of making it a distinct object of continual desire or prayer? How little the world has seen it. How little has it been seen even in the inner circle of the Church?