Some demand with hubris.

Some expect with humility.

Perchance the same words

but such different instants.

“…all those who exalt themselves

will be humbled,

those who humble themselves

will be exalted.”[1] 

We have sinned

and we are in need of help.

Beyond reciting words,

Prayer calls from the heart.

“…humbling oneself is difficult.

It demands so much of the heart.

It is such a pulling

and tugging at self-love… [2]

Many go astray –

they speak without listening.

The window of the soul

is blind without reflection.

“…But humbling has a wonderful effect

that makes us very dear to God.

It has a wonderful effect

that cleanses the remnants of sin.”[3]

We can look back,

We do have memory,

We are responsible –  

Ask and we will receive.

[1] Luke 18: 13-14

[2] Father Judge Meditations p. 251

[3] Ibid p. 251

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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