By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

College Quotes Part 10

IGNACIO DE LOYOLA

(The original Spanish is followed by the English translation.)


. . . Se ha de imaginar el sermón del summo y verdadero capitán que es Christo nuestro Señor . . . encomendándoles . . . a deseo de oprobios y menosprecios, porque destas dos cosas se sigue la humildad; de manera que sean tres escalones: el primero, pobreza contra riqueza; el segundo, oprobio o menosprecio contra el honor mundano; el tercero, humildad contra la soberbia; y destos tres escalones induzgan a todas las otras virtudes.

Ejercicios Espirituales, 1548 

. . . One must imagine the sermon of the greatest and true Captain who is Christ our Lord . . . entrusting them [his followers] . . . to a desire for dishonors and disdain, because from these two things comes humility; in the manner of three steps: the first, poverty over riches; the second, dishonor or disdain over worldly honor; the third, humility over pride; and from these three steps all the other virtues follow.

Spiritual Exercises, 1548

Comment: Yes, it's hard. But often our greatest freedom in a frustrating situation is to choose humility and put our pride "in our back pocket," so to speak. Upon choosing humility, great peace, contentment, and freedom arise, often immediately. We put aside our resentments and anger. We observe the world calmly and move forward on our way to better things. We have refused to take the bait of offended pride and so emerge whole to reap the blessings of another day.