Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~ GK Chesterton

Friday, December 6, 2013

St. John of the Cross Novena: Day Two





10.  In heaven and on earth, always the last place and office.

·         I find this a complicated for a mother to do in an obvious way.  As the one who has charge over the souls put in my care, I must maintain authority over my children so they have appropriate limits as they learn about the world around them.
·         Maybe the best way a mother would do this is to humble herself in a way not overly obvious: slice herself the smallest brownie, hang up a jacket left out without the child observing it, etc.

“Humility has the effect of charity: It neither esteems nor seeks its own, it thinks no evil save of self, it thinks no good of self, but of others.”
The Ascent of Mt. Carmel, Book Three, Chapter 9

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