Humility, A Path to Truth and Intimacy with Jesus

To be humble is to know the truth about oneself. To be humble is to recognize our gifts, without exaggeration and to acknowledge the source of the gifts. To be humble is also to recognize our weaknesses as an invitation to place our trust in God and to grow in virtue with the help of his grace.

The virtue of humility is perfected by Jesus Christ who abandoned himself of the glories of heaven.

“Rather he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness, and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7-8).

This he died for the salvation of humanity.

Is It So Hard To Believe?

Much of humanity finds the humility of God too difficult to believe.

  • How could Almighty God become human and subject himself to human authority?
  • How could God allow himself to be killed by men?
  • How can Jesus Christ give us his own flesh to eat?

Most Christians, even some of his own disciples, found these words of Jesus too difficult to believe and left him, even though Jesus emphasizes this truth four times in the Gospel of John (6: 34-59). The Apostles and disciples that remained had the humility to believe what they didn’t understand because they believed in Jesus. Next to salvation, the greatest gift Jesus has given to humanity is the gift of himself in the Holy Eucharist.

Keep All Things In Order

Jesus says,

“I give praise to you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike.” (Matthew 11:25).

The plan that God has for humanity to experience present and future happiness is not complicated. Many saints were young children who lived heroic lives, not because of their intelligence, although many were intelligent, but because of their humility, their faith, and their desire to serve God. He presented his plan in these few words, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).

It takes a great deal of humility to see God and his revealed plan for humanity, as more important than what naturally seems important to us. However, when we look at our life experiences, we realize that almost all the mistakes we made were a consequence of not putting God first when we made decisions. The same is true for society, our nation, and the world. God has created all things with a certain order, and when we put our own will before the will of God, we experience disorder.

Find Rest in God’s Mercy

Jesus said,

“Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Our labors and burdens represent every life experience that can only be satisfied by the presence, the love and the mercy of God, which he freely offers to anyone who approaches him with a humble, contrite heart.

Jesus, give us the grace to believe and live the truths you have revealed to us through your Church so that we may discover the plan you have for us that will allow us to reach our potential for happiness now and for all eternity.


Deacon Tom FoxK.H.S. is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Pilgrim Center of Hope with his wife, Mary Jane Fox. The two left their careers after a profound conversion experience and began working full-time in ministry at their parish in 1986. After several years and having impacted tens of thousands of families, the Foxes founded Pilgrim Center of Hope in 1993 as a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization. Deacon Tom is an invested member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

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  1. Letty Sifuentes
    Letty Sifuentes says:

    This really came at an important time;as, in entering time of discernment and striving to keep a balance with eyes focused on Christ. I truly appreciate the prayer and being able to share this article. Humility really seems like a major part of a vibrant faith or foundational stone of faith and growing in relationship with The Blessed Trinity.

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