Ave Maria Meditations
Ways of acquiring this virtue of humility:
Among the ways of attaining humility is, in the first place, ardently to desire it, to value it and to ask God for it. Then our aim should be to foster docility-in resolutely carrying out the advice received in spiritual direction, to receive fraternal correction joyfully and thankfully, to accept humiliation in silence for love of God, to obey quickly and wholeheartedly and, above all, to strive to attain this precious virtue through the exercise of charity in continual details of cheerful service to others. Jesus is the supreme example of humility. No one has ever had a dignity comparable to his and no one has ever served mankind with such tender care as He: I am among you as one who serves.
If we imitate Our Lord, we will accept others as they are and pay no attention to all those little annoyances which; in themselves, are of little importance. Humility disposes us to patience, and helps us to be patient with our own defects and with the defects of the people around us. We will render many little services in the course of our daily lives without expecting anything in exchange; and we will learn from Jesus and Mary how to get along with everyone and to understand other people, defects and all. If we try to see others as Our Lord sees them, it will be easy to accept them as he accepts them.
When we meditate on those passages of the Gospel that show the shortcomings of the apostles, we will learn not to be impatient with our own failings. Our Lord takes them into account just as He also takes into account time, grace and our own desires to improve in this or that virtue or in some particular aspect of our character.
Let us finish our prayer in contemplation of our holy mother Mary by asking that she will obtain for us from her Son the virtue of humility which we need so much. Turn your eyes towards Mary. No creature ever surrendered herself to the plans of God more humbly than she. The humility of ‘ancilla Domini’, the handmaid of the Lord, is the reason we invoke her as ‘causa nostrae laetitiae’, cause of our joy … Mary, in confessing herself the handmaid of the Lord, becomes the Mother of the Divine Word, and is filled with joy. May the rejoicing that is hers, the joy of our good Mother, spread to all of us, so that with it we may continually go to her and greet her, our Holy Mother Mary, and thus become more like Christ, her Son.
Fr. Francis Fernandez