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Sfc ccw talk 2 - the character of humility


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Sfc ccw talk 2 - the character of humility

  1. 1. April 13, 2013 Christian Character Weekend: Talk #1: The Character of Humility
  2. 2.  1. Communicate the meaning of true Christian humility  2. Help participants see themselves as God’s children, blessed to bless others  3. Inspire participants to take on a grateful posture of humility  True humility lies in recognizing my worth in the eyes of the Lord and putting myself at the service of others.  I have my greatest example of humility in Jesus, who through His perfect example of servant hood and suffering and dying on the cross, has redeemed all mankind.
  4. 4.  To allow GOD to form our CHARACTER.  Obstacles: 1. We think we know what’s best for us and we are unwilling to trust God completely. 2. We find it hard to believe that God actually has beautiful and grand plans for us. 3. We are afraid of what it will entail and how our lives might turn out if we did so.
  5. 5.  Through humility...  We might do the following: 1. Seek to do God’s will even if that may be the more difficult path or “not according to our plans.” 2. Believe that God has a plan for us despite our unfaithfulness and sinfulness. 3. Trust that God will be with us to sustain us through whatever difficulties we might encounter when we choose to do His will.
  6. 6. Let’s begin…
  7. 7.  From Catholic Encyclopedia: "A quality by which a person considering his own defects has a lowly opinion of himself and willingly submits himself to God and to others for God’s sake."  DEATH is the last “humblest event” in our life.  Spirit over flesh. “ Die now, death later.”
  8. 8.  Philippians 2:1-4 “If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but [also] everyone for those of others.” (NAB)
  9. 9. Humility is not:  Denying the gifts and graces given to us by God  Considering everyone better than yourself  Having low self-esteem and feeling bad about yourself The problem with this approach is: A. You don’t actually believe yourself to be such a wretched person. B. You see people who are obviously not better than you. C. You waste too much time comparing yourself with others.
  10. 10.  False humility may lead to emotional problems:  lack of self-respect,  lack of self-worth and  lack of self-confidence  Often this is the root of certain problems such as weight problems (e.g., when anxious or sad, one eats a lot), personality conflicts, sexual problems)
  11. 11. Some manifestations of the emotional problems: a. aggressive striving for approval (“yes” even overburdened) b. depression; self-pity c. defensiveness; difficulty in receiving correction d. inability to receive praise and encouragement e. self-condemnation
  12. 12. “Having a lowly opinion of self” means: 1. Acknowledging our own faults and weaknesses as well as the gifts God has given us 2. Acknowledging that others are also blessed by God with special gifts and talents 3. Considering others as more important than ourselves 4. Entrusting ourselves and our lives completely to God who is greater than we are 5. Putting ourselves in the service of others to glorify God
  13. 13. “God loves and values us. (Ephesians 1:4; Genesis 1:26; Psalms 8) 1. We are creatures created in God’s own image and likeness. 2. We have been redeemed and made a part of God’s people. 3. Each of us has gifts and abilities to be used to serve God and brethren.
  14. 14. “God loves us no matter what... 1. We rely upon God for everything. 2. Only God’s resources of wisdom and power can genuinely change lives. 3. Everything that we have is a gift from God. True Christian humility asks that we put ourselves in the service of others. It is to be at the disposal of our brothers and sisters. Thus the truly humble man is one who is willing to take the lowest position, that of a servant.
  15. 15. 1 Rivalry or selfishness - in Greek “eriqeia” (eritheia), is self-seeking or selfish ambition. It is striving for position and power with personal aggrandizement as a primary motive. 2  Conceit or empty glory - is the acting out of a desire for one’s reputation so that others will admire, honor, and pay attention. 1 Pride and ambition. 2  Insecurity and feelings of low self-worth
  16. 16. Acknowledge the problem1 Ask for forgiveness2 Accept the truth about ourselves3 Receive encouragement4 Be humble and Be patient5 Pray6
  17. 17. Who is Our Model?
  18. 18. Jesus Christ  30 years of OBEDIENCE 3 years of TEACHING 3 days of REDEEMING Mama Mary  She preferred not in the scenes… Last words… “Do whatever He says” FOR REFLECTION COMPARISON Disobedient ADAM Proud EVE TREE Obedient JESUS Humble MARY CROSS
  19. 19. Jesus CHRIST Holy SPIRIT GOD We unite ourselves with the Trinity —that we may be Christ to others.
  20. 20. PRAYING THE ROSARY is our sure way to MAMA MARY MARY Jesus Christ God Holy Spirit
  21. 21. 1. Am I more prone to think too highly of myself or to degrade myself? How did I come to consider myself this way? How does this affect the way I relate with God and with others? 2. What concrete steps can I take to make myself available to serve my family and my community?
  22. 22. START: APRIL 10 DATE OF CONSECRATION: MAY 13 Feast of Our Lady of Fatima TOTAL CONSECRATION is a RENEWAL of our BAPTISM By Total Consecration, I renew my baptism where I renounce Satan and slavery to sin. I become a slave of love to Jesus thru Mary. I allow the Holy Spirit to make me die to myself (forget myself) and live only to make Jesus happy. I will live my Faith thru Love because I will become an instrument to renew the face of the earth into the Kingdom of God: the New Earth of Love Peace and Joy. Will you join?
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  24. 24. "Do not be afraid to love the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her enough. And Jesus will be very happy, because the Blessed Virgin is His Mother." - Saint Therese of Lisieux. (1873 - 1897) +++ " To go to Jesus through Mary is truly to honor Jesus Christ. It indicates that we do not esteem ourselves worthy of approaching His infinite holiness directly, that we need Mary to be our Mediatrix with Him, our Mediator." - Saint Louis Marie de Montfort (1673 - 1716)
  25. 25. God LOVES You No matter what!
  26. 26. Praise GOD! Thank you! Love from Jesus, fill us! Holy Spirit, guide us! God the Father, your will be done! AMEN