Humility 16-8-28

Humility is the topic the Catholic Church has selected for this Sunday. Out of the readings I have chosen a passage from the Apocrypha, the hidden books.

Sirach 3: 17 to 31:

[17] My son, go on with thy business in meekness; so shalt thou be beloved of him that is approved. [18] The greater thou art, the more humble thyself, and thou shalt find favour before the Lord. [19] Many are in high place, and of renown: but mysteries are revealed unto the meek. [20] For the power of the Lord is great, and he is honoured of the lowly. [21] Seek not out things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are above thy strength. [22] But what is commanded thee, think thereupon with reverence, for it is not needful for thee to see with thine eyes the things that are in secret. [23] Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shewed unto thee than men understand. [24] For many are deceived by their own vain opinion; and an evil suspicion hath overthrown their judgment. [25] Without eyes thou shalt want light: profess not the knowledge therefore that thou hast not. [26] A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the last; and he that loveth danger shall perish therein. [27] An obstinate heart shall be laden with sorrows; and the wicked man shall heap sin upon sin. [28] In the punishment of the proud there is no remedy; for the plant of wickedness hath taken root in him. [29] The heart of the prudent will understand a parable; and an attentive ear is the desire of a wise man. [30] Water will quench a flaming fire; and alms maketh an atonement for sins. [31] And he that requiteth good turns is mindful of that which may come hereafter; and when he falleth, he shall find a stay.

Did I show humility? Did I seek knowledge in unnecessary matters? I believe the matters I have investigated are very necessary for people to lead a life filled with joy. Did I put anybody down or did I swear at anybody as some of the commentators on my posts on facebook have done to me?

I have quoted scripture. I have not professed my own knowledge. In the end my humility will be judged. I hope in the end the Judge sees my good intentions and looks upon the good that I worked.

Yesterday was the day of Saint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. Saint Augustine has written a book called ‘The Confessions.’ It is about his own life. Saint Augustine was baptised at thirty two years of age. His mother was a Christian, his father believed in the Roman gods of the time.

In the chapter on his sixteenth year of life Saint Augustine reports that his father had seen him in a bath house. Don’t we all like going to the pool? Anyway, his father went home and said to Saint Monica, ‘Guess whom I saw in the bath house today. … We are going to be grandparents!’ That kind of bath house it was.

On hearing these news Saint Monica advised her not so Saint yet Augustine to please keep away from married women. Just from those. Alright, I was going to ask now whether the reason was that it was quite alright to have sex with slave girls and other unmarried women. If a slave girl becomes pregnant, all the better, her master gets a new slave. Only a married woman is meant to bear a child from her husband alone so that he is sure that his wive’s child is his own heir. He even might have thought that his son is himself, since it was unknown that women have any hereditary input into their children.

In any event, it does not seem that Saint Monica deemed it necessary for the salvation of her sons soul that he abstain from sex altogether. I really do not believe that this is an unnecessary matter.

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.