Blessed de Montfort points out some of those means which are at once the result of the efforts of our will and of the supernatural multiplication of our acts.
‘They are,’ he says, ‘humility of heart, continual prayer, mortification in all things, abandonment to Divine Providence and conformity to the will of God.’
The mind which pushes each of these terms to its utmost limit will draw from them much luminous and suggestive meaning. De Montfort had weighed them well. In their daily practice and in their application to everything which constitutes our moral and supernatural life, we do indeed find the most propitious means for edifying and sanctifying our souls.
‘Humility of Heart.’ Every material edifice, every spiritual work needs a foundation. Humility is the foundation of all the virtues. If faith is the foundation of the truths which we must believe, humility is the foundation of all the virtues which we must practice. And we must bear in mind that in order to practice definite virtue, we must first humble ourselves, our intelligence, our will, our judgment, our heart, our body: charity, faith, obedience, gentleness, patience, work, mortification, etc.
(To be continued.)