THEE PILL ….. {No, not “the pill”} 
A reflection by Patrick Miron

If Doctor God were to prescribe a pill, a medicine that would all but absolutely-guarantee you heaven, would YOU take it, even if it was bitter and came at great expense?

Such a “pill” does exist and is prescribed by Jesus: …. It’s not magic, because while it always works, it only works with our cooperation.

James 4:10
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

Ephesians 4:2
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,

Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?

1 Peter 3:8
To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;

My dear friends, the 1st book Of Genesis tells us that God made each of us {a humanity exclusive}, in “His Own Image.”

Nothing: not one thing gives greater evidence of this than the virtue of humility, which always, in every case encompasses LOVE.

A critical reason Jesus {GOD} chose to become a mortal being like me and you, was so that he could {would and did} actually model for us, how we too could attain heaven. ….

Jesus authored “the Book of Life”; more accurately, Jesus wrote the first chapter {His Birth} and last chapter, {His Death} leaving & expecting each of us to complete our own personal version of the book, so no two books are identical.
First He taught us, then He showed us ….

Matt.6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
Matt.26:42 “Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, thy will be done.”
The two greatest evidences of humility were modeled by Jesus {GOD} for our benefit and emulation.

Luke.2: 7 “And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

Jesus the Christ, King of kings, Lord of Lords, Almighty GOD, choose to be born in a cave and laid in a manager; a feeding trough, and thus demonstrating from the instant of His Birth the importance He places on Humility.

Mark.15:46 “And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.

Then to insure that we “got His message”; in the final chapter of His human life on earth; once again we see the evidence of incomprehensible humility. God; ALIGHTY GOD suffering His Passion and Death so He could also demonstrate the Resurrection that the future also holds for each of us unto our own final judgment.

If we ever need a reminder; if we ever need a script to follow, all we have to do is recall the Stations of the Cross. ….
The First station:: Jesus the perfect and innocent Lamb of God permits Himself to public humiliations beyond our comprehension. Jesus is condemned to die.
The Second Station:: Jesus willingly, perhaps even eagerly, accepts His Cross

The Third Station: Jesus takes the first fall; ; A painful humiliation in front of his Mother and many who had become to believe that He, that He Jesus was the long awaited Messiah. GOD BECAME MAN. It was our sins that caused this!

The Forth Station: Jesus meets His Mother. Never have two hearts been more identically tuned; never were two hearts more identical in desire; never have two hearts been more willing to suffer, more willing to accept: “Not my will, BUT THY will be done” to both of us. Their Two heats beating as One.
The Fifth Station: Simon is conscripted to assist Jesus carrying the Cross. Just as Jesus choose Simon, so too He has chosen each of us to assist Him in His Mission. The Salvation of Souls beginning with our own.

The Sixth Station: Veronica comforts Her God, demonstrating humility, courage and love by putting herself at GREAT risk in helping the innocent Jesus

The Seventh Station: Jesus, laden down with our sins, takes a second, even more painful fall.

The Eighth Station: Jesus, amidst His own Suffering, pauses and makes the time to console the women who are grieving for Him. This station s the modeling of humility par-excellence!. …. Jesus EXPECTS me and you, even when we too are suffering; to lay aside our own problems {give them to Jesus} and with charity assist all others in need.

The Ninth Station: Jesus loaded Down with our Sins Falls a final time
The Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of all His clothing

Naked he came into the world and naked he “left” the world. Jesus literally gave up ALL.

The Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to His Cross

The Twelfth Station: After 3 hours of indescribable suffering Jesus Dies

The Thirteenth Station: The battered and butchered Body of Jesus is taken down and place in His Mother’s arms.

The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Laid in His Tomb

Here dear friends I’m going to interject something I seldom do: a request…..
Every Catholic Adult ought to know the Stations of the Cross so that in times of trial, we can recall one or more of the Stations, and thereby recognize that what we are presently facing is just part of life’s trials.

Towards that end each of us should memorize the 14 Stations:
1. Jesus is Condemned
2. Jesus accepts His Cross
3. Jesus falls the first time
4. Jesus and Mary Meet
5. Simon is conscripted to help Jesus carry His Cross
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus with her veil
7. Jesus falls harder a second time
8. Jesus Consoles the women who are grieving Him
9. Jesus falls for the third and final time
10. Jesus is striped naked
11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross
12. Jesus dies for us
13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross
14. Jesus is buried

Each of these events are evidence of the greatest possible degree of humility for OUR benefit. Humility is a Virtue we each in an absolute sense, must exercise, and do so with regularity.

SAINTS on Humility

He who wants to learn true humility should reflect upon the Passion of Jesus. (
— St Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul

To be taken with love for a soul, God does not look on its greatness, but the greatness of its humility.
–St John of the Cross, OCD

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.”
–Saint Augustine

‘If humble souls are contradicted, they remain calm; if they are calumniated, they suffer with patience; if they are little esteemed, neglected, or forgotten, they consider that their due; if they are weighed down with occupations, they perform them cheerfully.’
–St. Vincent de Paul

The first degree of humility is the fear of God, which we should constantly have before our eyes.'{MEANING AWE”}
–St. Louis de Blois

The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.
–Saint Vincent de Paul

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
–Saint Augustine

There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world.
–Saint Teresa of Avila

Humility is the mother of many virtues because from it obedience, fear, reverence, patience, modesty, meekness and peace are born. He who is humble easily obeys everyone, fears to offend anyone, is at peace with everyone, is kind with all.
–St Thomas of Villanova

“No one reaches the kingdom of Heaven except by humility”
–St Augustine

FROM THE BIBLE
Humility

James 4:10
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
Ephesians 4:2

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,

Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?

Colossians 3:12
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

Philippians 2:7
but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

Zephaniah 2:3
Seek the LORD, All you humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD’S anger.

Luke 14:9-11
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Colossians 3:12
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
1 Peter 5:6

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time

So dear friends, “Thee Pill” is Humility!

Humility is an acquired {& required} Virtue that we pray for, and though God’s accepted grace are able to model. Should you ever wonder if you’re on the right track; if you’re really listening to what God wants from you; then objectively grade your personal degree of humility. If you are regularly humble, if you with a degree of consistency recall one of more Stations of the Cross and give it even momentary grateful-thought; and thank Jesus for His Suffering; you can be assured you are heading in the right direction.

The greater your inner-peace is when tested; the greater is the evidence that you are, or have acquired humility.

“No one reaches the kingdom of Heaven except by humility”
–St Augustine

To seek humility is to seek heaven: AMEN!
God Bless you and yours,
Patrick

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