Humility Is One of Your Fairest Ornaments

John_William_Waterhouse_-_The_MissalThe more firmly this tendency to pride is implanted by nature in the heart of a woman, the more edifying and meritorious it is when she, with the aid of divine grace, fights against the tendency and gradually eradicates it, planting in its stead the fragrant violet of humility, causing it to take root, to flourish and to blossom. The violet of humility is indeed one of the fairest ornaments of woman, and of the young girl more especially . . .

God, in His infinite wisdom, endowed the maiden with beauty and power to please. He desired to teach her that, as she was externally adorned with beauty, she ought to beware lest her soul should not correspond to her physical attractiveness, but be, on the contrary, a wild and desert place. Your external charms should be a mirror in which the beauty of your soul is reflected. Remember the warning God gives to every maiden, in the book of Proverbs: “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain; the woman that feareth the Lord she shall be praised.”

Contemplate the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and your Mother also. Her whole life was a continual practice of humility. The more highly God exalted her the more did she humble herself. The angel saluted her as the Mother of God; she called herself the handmaid of the Lord.