(The Way of Perfection, Chapter 12-14)
"He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly." (1)
The pestilence of prestige sought:
Unjust offense at honors lost,
From false perceptions pride has wrought,
Props up the heart - but at what cost?
The heart lowered from honor's throne,
Must lift its downcast eyes to see
The cross of Christ, whose corpse has shown,
The King of kings' humility.
The humble heart accepts its place:
Its faults and sins ever in mind,
It knows all good is wrought by grace,
And to the poor, the Lord is kind.
The humble soul, in her combat,
Employs some lowly tasks to fight
Her pride and the temptations that
Distort her sense of what is right.
Her pride faces futility,
With weapons of humility.
May the Lord, in His mercy, cast us down
from our hearts' thrones of honor and guide
us in the ways of humility.
1. Luke 1:51-52
(c) Paul Buis, 2004