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Thanksgiving – Humility

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking less of yourself… C.S. Lewis

The Profumo Affair was a 1960s British political scandal which excited because of its unusually rich cast of characters; Soviet spies, British politicians and London call-girls. The media loved it but quickly moved on, perhaps missing out on what would ultimately prove the more worthy story. Its central character, John Profumo, quit politics and walked into social ignominy. He began work as a volunteer at Toynbee Hall, a social welfare centre in the struggling East End of London. “Volunteer” is perhaps too glamourous a term, for at the outset he accepted the chore of cleaning the toilets and bathrooms and only several years later had to be wheedled out of the role and into a fundraising position more suited to his gifts. For four decades he quietly rehabilitated his soul and did a power of good work for those on the margins of society. He also observed a total silence on speaking publicly, either with grace or indignance, about his downfall.

John Profumo

Humility is a becoming trait. When it is witnessed in practice as a core part of character and not a cultivated conceit, it wins people over perhaps more easily than any other gift.

The enduring model of humility is found in Mother Teresa. Tiny, frail, a stranger to India from her native Albania, and yet she became such a tower of quiet strength and gathered so many followers about her all through the simplest acts of putting herself at the service of the poor. Her mantra was simple – the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service and the fruit of service is peace. What a wonderful way to broker peace.

Mother Teresa

The Archdiocese is blessed to have members of her order, the Missionaries of Charity, quietly walking to and from their ministry daily throughout Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. To these sisters, and to all who humbly leave their mark on this world as a sign that much can be done without need of sound and fury, we say thank you.

Previous thanksgiving article: Silliness

The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

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