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We would like someone to read this book not as a audiobook but more like a talk given by a speaker that is passionate about what he is presenting. We want to avoid a dry read with just information.
Requirements for a voiceover:
- Passionate reading ability.
- Preferably Catholic. Only because of the familiarity with saint and document names. Otherwise has to be someone very well read to be able to pronounce words correctly.
- Able to provide an audition on mp3 of the first two short chapters
- Must be done by mid May.
- Provide Wav. CD's of finished talks.
- Male voice only.
- Must provide audition of pages supplied.
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Cultivating the Interior Garden
How to “Be Somebody”
Cultivating the Interior Garden
Written and Compiled by Mark Mendes
This is the script form of a talk given by Mark Mendes entitled “How to “Be Somebody”. This booklet was put together for anyone who wanted to follow along with the audio version of the talk or read the script by it self. This talk, both in audio and script form, is in no way ever to be sold. It was specifically put together to give out free of charge to all who wish to learn more about the important virtue of humility. This talk and script was put together by Mark Mendes. A list of resources used to put this talk together can be found in the back of this booklet.
The biblical quotations in the following pages are taken from the Douay-Rheims, RSVCE, and NAB editions of the Old and New Testaments.
How to use this booklet:
- It is recommended that you read only one or two of paragraphs per day of chapters 1-11
- One Personal Meditation per day. (See chapter 13)
- One question from the Pride-ometer per day (See chapter 15)
- One quote from Chapter 14 per day
- And if you really want to irrigate the soil add the Litany of Humility to your daily gardening (See chapter 12)
- WARNING--Too much gardening in one day will lead to spiritual calluses.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The Call to Greatness
Chapter 2. What is Humility?
Chapter 3. What is Pride?
Chapter 4. The Four Types of Pride
Chapter 5. What the Saints Have to Say about Humility
Chapter 6. What Others Say About Humility
Chapter 7. Living Humility
Chapter 8. The Three Stages of Humility
Chapter 9. Saints Advise These Practices for Growing in Humility
Chapter 10. Examples of Humility
Chapter 11. Examples of Pride
Chapter 12. Prayers and Litanies for Humility
Chapter 13. Personal Meditations on Humility
Chapter 14. Other Quotes and Scripture Verses on Humility
Chapter 15. The Pride-ometer: Test yourself
Prayer Before Reading This Book On Humility
Come, O Holy Spirit! Enlighten my understanding in order that I may know your commands: strengthen my heart against the snares of the enemy; enkindle my will. I have heard your voice, and I do not want to harden my heart and resist, saying, “Later, Tomorrow”. Right now, lest there be no tomorrow for me! O Spirit of truth and of wisdom, Spirit of understanding and of counsel, Spirit of joy and of peace! I want what you want, because you want it, as you want it, when you want it, where you want it. Amen.
The Call to Greatness
We all want to be “somebody” in today’s world. Fr. John Corapi recalls that in his life before his conversion, when he was a millionaire in southern California, he would drive through Hollywood in his red Ferrari, wearing a white cowboy hat and shades. As he drove by people would turn their heads and look as if to say, “There goes SOMEBODY”. Most of you know the rest of his story. Fr. John and his red Ferrari figuratively got carjacked by our Blessed Mother!
We all want to be somebody. We want to excel, we want to stand out from the crowd. We want the respect and admiration of others. Do you remember the Country song by Travis Tritt; I’m gonna be somebody someday? That’s the American way: You pull yourself up by your bootstraps and go for success. There is nothing wrong with that, in its right place. God calls us to do the best we can with the gifts He has given to us. Just like the old Army recruiting ad, “Be all that you can be”. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as we know Who is in charge; where the power is; Whose service we are in; Who’s got to get all the glory and the praise; Whose way its has to be; and Whose will must be done each step of the way. You see, in God’s plan there is only one way you can “Be all that you can be”. You have to be a saint! There is no other way.
In a certain sense we are all called to greatness in life. You may be surprised to hear that. We are all truly called to greatness. Humble, yet great in the sight of Heaven. One of the main messages that came out of the Second Vatican Council was the universal call to holiness. Bl. John Paul II explained: Today we have a tremendous need of saints. The world needs more than social reformers. It needs saints. Holiness is not a privilege of a few; it is a gift offered to all. St. Josemaría Escrivá taught us: Each day be conscious of your duty to be a saint. A saint! And that doesn’t mean doing strange things. It means a daily struggle in the interior life and heroically fulfilling your duty right through to the end.
True greatness is not greatness in the sight of the world. The world holds in high esteem wealth, success, status, power, pleasure, fame, and all those things that have no value in God’s sight for eternity. What you are, what you truly are, is what you are in the sight of Almighty God, nothing more, nothing less. That is what you really are.
We are all called to be great in the sight of Heaven. What does this mean? Greatness is the perfect fulfillment of God’s will in your life. This means striving for perfect obedience to God’s wisdom and will, no matter how simple it is, no matter how difficult it is, even in the most ordinary circumstances of your daily lives. This applies no matter who you are, or where you are, or what you are. Greatness in other words is HOLINESS. Holiness is what makes you a saint. Recall St. Therese the Little Flower. She did simple things, ordinary things, all the little things that we do every day, but she did them in a spirit of perfect love, humility, and simplicity. And that is how you can touch the heart of the Father, by being a little child. Jesus told us in Scripture, Unless you become like a little child, you can not enter the kingdom of God”. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta pointed out, God does not call us to be successful; He calls us to be faithful. Thomas `a Kempis warns us in the Imitation of Christ, You have become puffed up with good success, imagining yourself to be what you are not.
So what is the “secret” to attaining greatness? The secret to becoming a saint, being holy, enjoying earthly and eternal happiness, the secret to becoming “Somebody” is humility. Yes, developing the virtue of humility will bring us success and joy. St. John Vianney cautioned that without humility, everything else is like a huge heap of straw, which we have piled up, but with the first gust of wind, it’s blown over and scattered far and wide. The devil has little respect for those devotions which are not founded on humility, because he knows very well that he can get rid of them when ever he pleases.
There are in heaven many saints who never gave alms while on earth: their poverty was enough. There are many saints who never mortified their bodies by fasting, or harsh bodily penance: their bodily infirmities excused them. There are many saints too who were not virgins: their vocation called them to other duties. But in heaven there is no saint or angel who was not humble.
Likewise God has not called everyone to be doctors, preachers or priests, nor has he given to all the gift of restoring sight to the blind, healing the sick, raising the dead or casting out demons, but to all He has given the call to, Learn of Me to be humble of heart. There were many things worthy of Imitation in the Son of God, but He only specifically asks us to imitate His humility. We can condense all the treasures of Divine Wisdom which were in Christ into the virtue of humility. Let’s think about it for a minute. He could have said Learn of me to be wise, Learn of me to be prudent, just, or chaste. He could have said anything. In humility alone He includes all things to learn from him. That’s why it is said that whoever poses the virtue of humility posses in some way all the virtues, and he who lacks it, lacks all of them.
What is humility?
Humility is sadly a much misunderstood virtue today. St. Lawrence Justinian says: No one can well understand what humility is unless God gives him the gift of being humble, for there is nothing in which men are more often mistaken than in their notions of what constitutes humility. First, let’s define the virtue of humility and what the virtue is not; then we will discuss the importance of the virtue of humility and the reason why the vice of pride is so dangerous.
To practice any virtues we must exercise the virtue of humility. It is the foundation virtue of our spiritual life. Why? The virtue of humility serves two functions. First of all, it speeds us along the path of holiness. A person without humility cannot grow in holiness because he is too full of himself so there is no room for God. Humility gives us the self-knowledge to know that we are nothing and can do nothing without God. Secondly the virtue of humility is required for one to grow in the Catholic faith so as to prevent us from becoming “pick & choose” or “cafeteria Catholics”.
St. Alphonsus insists: Faith requires a humble and submissive understanding…and not only for the reception of the faith, but also for the preservation of it. It is the common doctrine of doctors and saints that pride is the beginning of all heresies. A man gets so proud of his own opinion and judgment that he prefers it over what the saints and the Church has to say about it, and then plunges into heresy.
St. Theresa of Avila explains: Humility is truth. Humility gives us a correct view of our selves and gives us a correct view of how God sees us. Humility is the virtue that restrains us in our unruly desire for personal glory. It helps us to realize that there is an infinite distance between the creature and the Creator. With Christ as our model, we can say that humility is a self-empting that allows God to work in us with His grace.
The word humility comes from the Latin word humus. Humus means earth, dirt, dust, or soil. It reminds us of God’s words in the book of Genesis, Remember man that you are dust and dust you shall return. In the spiritual life we are called to cultivate the interior garden, the garden of the soul, so that we can bring forth good fruits, good works, and an increase of virtue. Any gardener or farmer knows that you can’t grow anything without the right kind of soil. Likewise, if you’re going to cultivate holiness in the garden of your soul, you need the fertile soil of humility which is the foundation of all the other virtues. The virtue of humility reminds us that every good thing we have; every gift we enjoy; every grace and blessing; and every talent we possess comes from God and not from ourselves.
Humility also plays a role in the development of the virtue of hope. When we live the virtue of humility we know that everything depends upon God, not ourselves. When we neglect to live the virtue of humility, we depend upon ourselves. When we cannot handle the problems, contradictions or sufferings in life, we despair, sometimes to the point of suicide.
If we seek true happiness we have to imitate Jesus’ example of humility. Jesus tells us: Learn from Me; I am meek and humble of heart. The virtue of humility is the outstanding virtue of Jesus Christ. God has preordained that we should be made conformable to the image of His Son. Therefore, in all Christians there must necessarily be a Christlikeness. Because Christ was humble, we should be humble. Christ also tells us: Whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. Our Lord gave a visual of this teaching at the Last Supper when He washed the feet of each of His apostles. But Christ’s example of humility did not begin at the end of His life. Jesus teaches us humility beginning with His Incarnation then His humble birth, His materially poor existence throughout His life, His 30 years of hidden life, His acceptance of the abuse of His detractors, and finally His horrific Passion and Death. But it did not end there. Today He continues to live the virtue of humility in the Blessed Sacrament. He allows imperfect, sinful men to bring Him from heaven to earth at the moment of the consecration of the Mass. Then He permits sinful people to consume Him in the Holy Eucharist.
Humility is a difficult virtue to develop since it’s corresponding vice, pride, is considered the greatest vice. Pride is also considered a capital sin or one of the seven deadly sins because it kills the soul. This vice caused Satan’s fall as well as original sin. Why? If our ego is too big there is no room for God. In fact, the vice of pride is so strong that St. Josemaría believed our pride dies several hours after we do!
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