Learn about the significance of immediate obedience as the initial step towards humility. Explore the value of obeying commands without delay for the sake of Christ.

Mighty Humility

Humility is not a sickly virtue, timid and fee­ble, as some imagine; on the contrary, it is strong, magnanimous, generous, and constant, because it is founded on truth and justice. The truth consists in knowing what God is and what we are. Justice consists in our recognizing that God, as our Cre­ator, has a right to command us and that we, as His creatures, are bound to obey Him.

All the martyrs were perfectly humble because they preferred to die, suffering the most terrible torments, rather than abandon truth and justice. How great their endurance and courage in resist­ing those who tried to force them to deny Jesus Christ!

To contradict others is an effect of pride, when­ever we contradict them in order to follow our own unjust and mistaken will; but when our opposition to the creature proceeds from a deter­mination to fulfill the will of the Creator, it is dictated by humility; for by this we confess our indispensable obligation to be subject and obedi­ent to the divine Will.

It is for this reason that the proud man is always timid, because his pride is only sustained by the weakness of human nature. And he who is humble is always brave in the exercise of his submission to the Divine Majesty, because he receives his strength through grace.

The humble obey men, when in so doing they also obey God; but they refuse obedience to men, when by obeying them they would disobey their God. Reflect upon that answer, as modest as it was magnanimous, given before the elders of Jerusalem by St. Peter and St. John: “If it be just in the sight of God to hear you rather than God, judge ye” (Acts 4:19).

The humble man is above all human respect, and there is no danger that he will become a slave to the opinions, fashions, or customs of the world; he knows his failings and that he is capable of every evil, even though he does not commit it. If he sees others doing wrong, he compassionates them, but is never scandalized or induced to fol­low the bad examples of others, because all his intentions are directed toward God, and he has no other desire than that of pleasing God and of being directed by God alone. “He clings to God alone.” Hence, as the angelic St. Thomas says so well: “No matter how much he sees others acting inordinately in word or deed, he himself will not depart from his uprightness of conduct.”

This article is taken from a chapter in Humility of Heart by Fr. Cajetan Mary da Bergamo, which is available from TAN Books.




  1. SVNDAY EDITION – BigPulpit.com on August 20, 2023 at 12:30 am

    […] Spiritual Direction What is St. Ignatius’s Four-step Plan for Holiness? – Get Fed™ Blog Mighty Humility – Fr. Cajetan Mary da Bergamo at Tan·Direction Blog This One Fundamental Discipline Changes […]

  2. […] Mighty Humility – Father Cajetan Mary da Bergamo at Tan·Direction Blog […]

  3. […] Mighty Humility – Father Cajetan Mary da Bergamo at Tan·Direction Blog […]


Related Posts

Joy And Peace Through God Alone

Compiled from works of the greatest saints and theologians of the Church, The Soul Sanctified is a treasury of saintly counsel and fruitful meditations, covering topics such as detachment from earthly things, sins of habit, the Four Last Things, abandonment to the Divine Will, mortification, cultivating virtue, prayer, and consolation in the spiritual life. The following excerpt consoles the reader with meditation on the true joy and peace that is found in God alone.

Read More »
Discover the authority, strength, and wisdom of the Heavenly Host with A Year With the Angels. Join Mike Aquilina in meditation and prayer to explore the virtue, grace, and truth embodied by these celestial beings who stand before the throne of God.

The Wisdom Of Angels

A Year With the Angels invites you to discover the authority, strength, and wisdom of the Heavenly Host, who embody virtue, grace, and truth because they stand before the very throne of God. In this excerpt, join Mike Aquilina in meditation and prayer on the wisdom of the angels. 

Read More »
In the pursuit of holiness, expect opposition from the world. Saint Francis de Sales advises us to remain unwavering in our resolutions, standing strong against threats, insults, and assaults. Discover the courage to face adversity and stay true to your devout path.

In The World, But Not Of It

When we pursue the devout life, Saint Francis de Sales warns that the world will cast threats, insults, and assaults upon us of every kind. Here, de Sales reminds us that when the world mocks us in our pursuit of holiness, we must stand firmly rooted in our resolutions.

Read More »
Uncover the profound conversations between Saint Margaret Mary and Our Lord in this autobiography. Delve into her experiences, challenges, and ultimate decision to dedicate her life to the religious path.

Chosen As The Spouse Of Our Lord

In this autobiography from one of the greatest mystics in the Catholic Church, Saint Margaret Mary discloses the intimate conversations she had with Our Lord. Taken from her autobiography, the saint reveals the Lord’s words in choosing her as His spouse, the temptations she faced before entering religious life, and her resolution to enter the religious life.

Read More »