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Day 23

Admonition 20 Of the Good and Humble Religious

Blessed is the servant who does not regard himself as better when he is esteemed and extolled by men than when he is reputed as mean, simple, and despicable: for what a man is in the sight of God, so much he is, and no more. 2 Woe to that religious who is elevated in dignity by others, and who of his own will is not ready to descend. And blessed is that servant who is raised in dignity not by his own will and who always desires to be beneath the feet of others.

 

    1. The first servant dwells in the bless-ed estate knowing his worth, loving and serving God wheresoever that be.
    2. Well what goes up must come down and woe betide those who don’t understand gravity because how grave a situation it is when humans cling to high offices not like the Bless-ed
    3. And the last is like the first who seeks always to be as Christ to others,

      Mark 10: 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 3


    • 1. Saint Francis of Assisi, The Writings of Saint Francis of Assisi, newly translated into English with an Introduction and Notes by Father Paschal Robinson (Philadelphia: The Dolphin Press, 1906). 1/10/2015. http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1172#lf0535_label_151
    • 2. See Bonav Leg Maj, VI, 1. “And he had these words continually in his mouth ‘what a man is in the eyes of God, so much he is, and no more’ ” See also Imitation of Christ, Bk III, Chap L, where the same saying of St Francis is quoted
    • Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”. 2015. Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”. [ONLINE] Available at: http://biblehub.com/mark/10-45.htm. [Accessed 01 October 2015].
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