Ave Maria Meditations“Learn from Me because I am meek and humble of heart.” (Mt 11:29)
Jesus speaks to us of meekness. This is the virtue by which man is enabled to master (his) anger. Meekness gives the power to restrain and dominate all those passionate movements, even slight ones, which sometimes make us exceed just limits, and lose sight of the divine Guide. Since the Guide of a soul desirous of giving itself to the service of God is God Himself, is the Heart of Jesus, we must never lose sight of Our Lord or withdraw from Him, even for a short time; if we do, we will end by following our own self love and trivial passions.
Meekness, however, gives us self mastery, enabling us to dominate every kind of irritation. If we examine ourselves carefully, we shall see that these irritations are almost always caused by some little hurt to our pride; the irascible appetite has been aroused by something that is wounded our ego. Meekness, as we can see, is closely connected with humility.
+Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen