I pray this note finds you warm in spirit if not in body. With the beginning of Lent, I offer this single page of suggested devotional material. I found it last fall on a Tumblr blog that is mostly full of cheesy quotes. But there's nothing cheesy at all about this. I love it. It's quite simple, repetitive even. But the more time I spend with it the deeper and more expansive it becomes in me. My hope is that you will take the words into your heart and mind this season and make them your daily practice at home, at work and wherever daily life takes you. I don't see how we can help being changed in the process.
May I suggest that you make lots of copies to put everywhere your eyes might rest for the next few weeks: your cell phone wallpaper, your desk at work, the bathroom mirror, the refrigerator door. . . . Let the words and their lessons sink deep into our thoughts, seep into our speech, escape through our actions and see if we aren’t changed by them.
~ peace & prayers,
Mother Teresa’s Humility List
- Speak as little as possible about yourself.
- Keep busy with your own affairs & not those of others.
- Avoid curiosity.
- Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
- Accept small irritations with good humor.
- Do not dwell on the faults of others.
- Accept censures even if unmerited.
- Give in to the will of others.
- Accept insults & injuries.
- Accept contempt, being forgotten & disregarded.
- Be courteous & delicate even if provoked by someone.
- Do not seek to be admired & loved.
- Do not protect yourself behind your dignity.
- Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
- Choose always the more difficult task.