Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Another gem from Met. Anthony...


"The word ‘humility’ comes from the Latin word humus which means fertile ground. To me, humility is not what we often make of it: the sheepish way of trying to imagine that we are the worst of all and trying to convince others that our artificial ways of behaving show that we are aware of that. Humility is the situation of the earth. The earth is always there, always taken for granted, never remembered, always trodden on by everyone, somewhere we cast and pour out all the refuse, all we don’t need. It’s there, silent and accepting everything and in a miraculous way making out of all the refuse new richness in spite of corruption, transforming corruption itself into a power of life and a new possibility of creativeness, open to the sunshine, open to the rain, ready to receive any seed we sow and capable of bringing thirtyfold, sixtyfold, a hundredfold out of every seed."
- Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

6 Comments:

Blogger kimberley said...

that makes alot of sense.
humility=fertility

his words are so simple and true.
it's good that we have him to help us.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

Yes... being truly humble in the way he describes leaves room for all sorts of good things to grow and surprises to take place in our lives.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Simply Victoria said...

I love that picture, how young and old are enraptured, all faces eagerly turned towards him with looks of expectation and delight, like children.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Gabe said...

That is so......... um i dont have a word for it. it speaks volumes to me. I would like to be humble some day. thanks Matthew.

7:49 PM  
Blogger matthew christopher davidson said...

Humus = dirt. Humility = being like dirt.

I liked Kimberly's comment. (She's very clever, and makes me smile often. Glory to God for all things!!!!!)

It is often harder to receive than to give. I find this especially true when it comes to listening. I like to talk, to say what I think. Listening feels like laying my armor down; I feel more exposed while listening than while talking.

1:03 AM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

I know what you mean, Matthew. And, to think, I talked YOUR ear off the other day!

8:02 AM  

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