A couple of years ago, I had one of the most humiliating meetings of my life. Unknowingly, I came into a hostile room. I was unprepared for the level of anger among some of the Catholic leaders gathered. While their frustrations weren’t with me directly, I was a quick and easy target for their wrath. If the tone alone didn’t scream “unchristian,” the actual screaming certainly did. Usually, I am able to tap dance my way out of these situations. However, this time, I was like a deer in head lights. All I could do was sit and take it. It was humiliating. A few days later, I was speaking with a good priest friend of mine who has a challenging assignment. I told him of my trauma and asked what my next step should be. Father answered, “Say thank you.” Say what? “Every time I’m humiliated,” he said, “I stop. I close my eyes and I say thank you to God for reminding me how much I need Him.” I don’t know about you, but for me, the idea of “humility” and “humiliation” couldn’t be further apart. When things don’t go my way, when I am embarrassed or ashamed, do I see that as a diminishment of my power or a reminder of the Lord’s? Do I choose to acknowledge my weakness and “draw my strength from Jesus?” I need only look to the cross to see that the choice to truly humble oneself doesn’t bring praise, but rather humiliation. Thankfully for us, it ultimately brings salvation.

by Daniel Cellucci

March 05, 2018

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