Chapter 4: Signs of Holiness in Today’s World

Humility can only take root in the heart through humiliations. Without them, there is no humility or holiness. If you are unable to suffer and offer up a few humiliations, you are not humble and you are not on the path to holiness. The holiness that God bestows on his church comes through the humiliation of his Son. He is the way.

Humiliation makes you resemble Jesus; it is an unavoidable aspect of the imitation of Christ. For “Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” In turn, he reveals the humility of the Father, who condescends to journey with his people, enduring their infidelities and com- plaints. For this reason, the apostles, after suffering humiliation, rejoiced “that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for [Jesus’] name.”

Here, I am… speaking…about the daily humiliations of those who keep silent to save their families, who prefer to praise others rather than boast about themselves or who choose the less welcome tasks, at times even choosing to bear injustice… ” If when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval.”