The Oath of Humility
I will make an effort not to be too preoccupied with my own concerns: my health, my rest, whether people think well of me and take me sufficiently into account.
I will try to speak as little as possible about myself, abouy my affairs, or about whatever can put me in a good light.
I will try to avoid curiosity, the desire to know everything and to let everyone know that I know it.
Patiently, with good humor, I will accept difficulties and offer them up joyfully as sacrifices to God.
I will not insist on my own point of view unless truth or justice demands it, and even then I will be moderate while remaining firm.
I will overlook the mistakes of others and find excuses for them and in all charity assist them to overcome their failings.
I will accept corrections even if they seem unfair.
I will give way on appropriate occasions to other people’s opinions when charity or duty is not at stake.
I will avoid making a display of my good qualities, of my material possessions, of my knowledge.
It will not matter if I am despised, overlooked or not consulted in a field in which I think I have particular competence or have greater knowledge or experience.
I will not crave to be held in high esteem or to be admired.
Adapted from Francis Fernandez, III In Conversation with God, 45.3, p. 297.Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList