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By Mark Danis, Integrated Catholic, March 2, 2021
Mark Danis, OCDS, is co-host of the weekly radio program, Carmelite Conversations, which aired internationally for six years on the Radio Maria network. The program focuses on the method and blessings of contemplative prayer practiced in the in our busy day to day lives. Episodes can be streamed at http://www.carmeliteconversations.com.
If finding true peace within our souls is something one desires, and it should be, as it is an absolute prerequisite for effective prayer, then we need to ask, what is it that will allow us to establish ourselves in peace?
When looking for guidance in Scripture, we can never go wrong by looking at the words spoken by Jesus Himself.
And so, in the Gospel of Matthew we read:
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)
It seems a fair question to ask: how it is that our being meek and humble can lead to our finding rest for our souls? The answer has to do with the modern misunderstanding of the word humble.
For many, the word humble evokes images of a shy, demure and retiring personality, someone who, though he or she may be pleasant enough to be around, would not be considered as someone able to accomplish much in this life. Humility is a character trait that does not seem well suited for the achievement of much of anything in this world, let alone for acquiring peace in our souls. What we are told is necessary is a strong will, disciplined effort and an aggressive approach to the achievement of whatever it is we may desire in the here and now. But this is where our misunderstanding of the true meaning of humility gets us in trouble. …