I once read a review on Amazon in which the reviewer wondered why a certain author suffered from such low self-esteem. I had never heard or read a take like that before about this particular author and it surprised me to see it. But I suppose it shouldn’t have. Humility is little valued by many people, and not only little valued, but not even recognized. And when they see the spiritual quality and virtue of humility they give it—having been too much influenced by worldly pseudo-psychology—the diagnosis of “low self-esteem.”
“The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”The Holy Bible. (2006). (Revised Standard Version; Second Catholic Edition, 1 Co 2:14–16). San Francisco: Ignatius Press. Verbum edition, Verbum: Catholic Study Software.
Who, you may ask, was this author of whom the reviewer wrote?
Maria Faustyna Kowalska, known to millions as Saint Faustina, the very model of humility. Her book, Divine Mercy In My Soul (also known as the Diary), is a virtual encyclopedia on the spiritual life, a veritable course on living as a servant of the Lord, Christianity lived large within the enclosure of a convent.
I have read criticisms of her Diary. There are those who mistake her meaning and intent. I suggest that true humility is not very common and a confrontation with one who embodies it deeply can be shocking for some. In any case, those who have limited experience with it don’t seem to “get” the spiritual, especially when it involves the saints. That review was a case in point.
Thank you for visiting and reading. I hope you’ll look around while you’re here and find something helpful. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, may the Lord bless you and may His peace be always with you.
Links to Explore
- Divine Mercy In My Soul, also known as the Diary, by St. Faustina. Paperback. Kindle. Leather cover. A book to keep on the nightstand, to read year after year.
- Visit the Divine Mercy pages on this site: Divine Mercy and abortion and the Divine Mercy Devotion in the new(ish) and growing Devotions section.
- Also visit the Divine Mercy website. Lots of good articles there.
- The RSV-Second Catholic Edition, Ignatius Press. Hardcover. Leather. Kindle. Verbum. Also available with Reverse Interlinear and Ignatius Study Bible in Verbum format. (Requires Verbum software, which, I think is free, then you purchase resources for it. There are different packages. Some books are free and there are monthly free books and sales.)
- Catholic Study Software: Verbum. Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium. Amazing. It’s got a learning curve but it’s worth it. And they’re adding resources all the time.
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