Editor's note:

In a blog post from The Prodi­gal Father, Fr. Michael Denk writes of teach­ing his sis­ters (the relat­ed-by-blood kind) to water­s­ki. The key to main­tain­ing bal­ance as you ride the waves, it turns out, is to low­er your cen­ter of grav­i­ty. Fr. Denk goes on to write:

The same con­cept is true with spir­i­tu­al life. We can keep our spir­i­tu­al cen­ter of grav­i­ty low as well and if we do, it’s real­ly eas­i­er to main­tain our bal­ance. It’s a lot more dif­fi­cult for satan the ene­my or peo­ple to knock us over if we keep our spir­i­tu­al cen­ter of grav­i­ty low and that’s humility.

In keep­ing with our theme of humil­i­ty this week, today we offer some thoughts from Moth­er Tere­sa of Cal­cut­ta on how to keep our spir­i­tu­al cen­ter of grav­i­ty low, and so our lives in balance.

—Renovaré Team

Humil­i­ty is the moth­er of all virtues; puri­ty, char­i­ty and obe­di­ence. It is in being hum­ble that our love becomes real, devot­ed and ardent. If you are hum­ble noth­ing will touch you, nei­ther praise nor dis­grace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed you will not be dis­cour­aged. If they call you a saint you will not put your­self on a pedestal.” 

Moth­er Tere­sa’s 15 Guide­lines for Cul­ti­vat­ing Humility

1. Speak as lit­tle as pos­si­ble about yourself.

2. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.

3. Avoid curiosity.

4. Do not inter­fere in the affairs of others.

5. Accept small irri­ta­tions with good humor.

6. Do not dwell on the faults of others.

7. Accept cen­sures even if unmerited.

8. Give in to the will of others.

9. Accept insults and injuries.

10. Accept con­tempt, being for­got­ten and disregarded.

11. Be cour­te­ous and del­i­cate even when pro­voked by someone.

12. Do not seek to be admired and loved.

13. Do not pro­tect your­self behind your own dignity.

14. Give in, in dis­cus­sions, even when you are right.

15. Choose always the more dif­fi­cult task.

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Moth­er Tere­sa’s 15 Guide­lines for Cul­ti­vat­ing Humil­i­ty are in the pub­lic domain.

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