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Humility Part 2 – Humility and Confidence

Humility and Confidence
Humility Part 2

Dan and Melissa continue their discussion on humility in “Humility and Confidence”; in particular how humility does not lower but instead elevates the soul.

Show Notes:

  • Signs we lack humility: St. Josemarí­a Escrivá provides some insightful diagnostics.
  • Recognizing all the good we have is a gift from God.Divine Intimacy Radio Crown of Thorns 1400x1400 v2 smaller
  • False humility – many of us are guilty.
  • We often worry too much what others think. Do you take your confession outside of your parish?
  • Navigating the Interior Life offers a self-evaluation to gain an understanding of our root sin, and instruction in using the opposing virtue to overcome it.
  • Meditation #108 from Divine Intimacy – “Christian humility does not lower, it elevates; it does not cast down but gives courage…”
  • St. Paul tells us when he is weak, he is made strong. When a soul recognizes its weakness, it becomes irresistible to God.
  • Sister Mary is an example of humility. A cloistered nun of 40 years humbles herself to take a course on prayer and acknowledges there was still something she could learn about praying.
  • Jesus offers the ultimate example of humility, from the Incarnation to the washing of the disciples' feet.
  • God gives us a gift in withholding intimacy until we become humble.


  • Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen –
  • Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God
  • Litany of Humility
  • 30DaysWithTeresaOfAvila for post on Humility and ConfidenceFor Call in questions for future shows 818-646-7729 — please leave your name, location, and question.
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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Bonita Lay

    I began to go to reconciliation to my Pastor. It was a humbling experience.. “what will he think of me now?” being I was active in the parish. In the long run, he was able to help me in my spiritual growth.. Interestingly I hear quite often from deacons in the parish, that they go outside…

  • Patricia

    St. Therese is an example of true humility; she realizes that she is “too little” to do the great deeds of the saints, that she must totally rely on God’s Mercy for her imperfections, His goodness for her works, His Love for her to give love to others, especially those she personally was not attracted to because of various quirks or personality traits, His will to perfect her life, and His actual merits for her salvation. She had no fear of being hidden and unknown, and no need to be exulted or have any false humility…..she would say to simply state the truth:
    “If a little flower could speak, it seems to me that it would tell us quite simply all that God has done for it, without hiding any of its gifts. It would not, under the pretext of humility, say that it was not pretty, or that it had not a sweet scent, that the sun had withered its petals,or the storm bruised its stem, if it knew that such were not the case.”
    €• Thérèse de Lisieux, Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

  • LizEst

    For anyone who is looking for the reference from St. Josemaría Escrivá mentioned in the show today, it is from “The Furrow” number 263.

  • Jeanette

    The last paragraph from reading Divine Intimacy #108 is beautiful:

    “You alone are good, my God, and You alone can make me good. You alone are just and You alone can justify me. You alone are holy and You alone can make me holy. The less I expect from myself, the more I can and will expect from You: good-will and constancy, strength and patience, purity and goodness, virtue and sanctity. Hasten, O Lord, to come to my aid! My nothingness implores You, my misery sighs for You!”

    I so enjoy the meditations from Divine Intimacy by Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen. Thank you Dan for introducing me to this beautiful book on mediations on the interior life.

  • Camila

    Very good!

  • Judy Silhan

    Very thought provoking program today, especially your discussion on gratitude and all that I am able to do is by God’s grace. Though I have only been active in the church and Spiritual Life for a year, and I pray to the Holy Spirit to speak through me whenever I lector or perform other duties, I still find myself desiring others to tell me I did an ok job or some type of acknowledgement for doing things others cannot or do not want to do. I also love the Litany of Humility, which I learned at the Ignatius Retreat a few weeks ago. I obviously have not made it a part of my daily prayers; but after today’s program, it surely will be. Another point you made really struck home: …if I cannot wash the feet of another as Jesus did, I am allowing myself to rise above Our Lord. Sadly, there are times when I can say I am guilty of this and that my motives for doing what I feel God calling me to do may not be purely out of love for Him, rather to feel important and welcomed by others in the Church. Thank you so much for this much needed wake-up call this morning.

  • on one hand I have been given great grace at times when I was at my weakest, I also have at times sought other churches for confession.

    • LizEst

      Do you mean other parishes for confession?

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