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On Pride, Self-Reproach, and Humility

Do not be obstinate, but humble; do not think that you are something, for this is pride, and God loathes the proud. My child, always assume that you are the most sinful person in the world and that, if the grace of God abandons you, you will do all the evil things in the world! Always accuse yourself.

Whenever you go to receive communion, accuse yourself as unworthy to receive Christ the Master within you who are so sinful. You must weep when you receive Holy Communion for Christ to have compassion on you for your sins.

"Learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Mt. 11:29). Do you see, my child? Meekness is the fruit of humility, and both bestow God's blessed rest.

Grass does not sprout in trampled ground; likewise, passions and wickedness do not sprout in a humble soul. As long as we lack humility, God will not stop humbling us through trials, until we learn this serious and life-saving lesson.