From Degrees of Perfection:
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