“You are Jesus.”
Father said it again: “You are Jesus.”
I thought he was a little crazy. Then he explained.
“It's the Mystical Body of Christ. Jesus is the head. We are the body. Jesus Christ is the only Savior. He saved us. And when we were baptized we were incorporated into His body. Through our baptism, through our confirmation, we are united to Jesus... We are Jesus in the world.”
I am the body of Christ.
I usually don't feel like Jesus. I don't always act like Jesus. My problem is that I rely on myself all the time. I forget who I am. I think that I'm the one in charge. Instead I should be thinking like Saint Bernadette: “What do you do with a broom when you're done sweeping? I was like a broomstick for the Blessed Virgin; when she no longer needed me, she put me in my place behind the door." https://www.wallsofjerichoworld.com/single-post/2017/02/11/Feast-of-Our-Lady-of -Lourdes-apparitions . Saint Bernadette knew who she was, and who she was not. She was humble.
Humility is not simply knowing yourself—it's also knowing God.
Slave, not Servant
St. Louis de Montfort knew who he was. He called himself a slave to God, because he held nothing back from Him. “We must conclude, from what Jesus Christ is with regard to us, that, as the Apostle says (1 Cor. 6:19-20), we do not belong to ourselves but are entirely His, as His members and His slaves, whom He has bought at an infinitely dear price, the price of all His Blood.”
De Montfort knew who Jesus is:
“ For in him alone dwells the entire fullness of the divinity and the complete fullness of grace, virtue and perfection. In him alone we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing; He is the only teacher from whom we must learn; the only Lord on whom we should depend; the only Head to whom we should be united and the only model that we should imitate. He is the only Physician that can heal us; the only Shepherd that can feed us; the only Way that can lead us; the only Truth that we can believe; the only Life that can animate us. He alone is everything to us and he alone can satisfy all our desires. “
He taught us all, in True Devotion to Mary, who the Blessed Virgin Mary is: “ [Mary] is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus." http://www.azquotes.com/author/25852-Louis_de_Montfort She is an echo of God, speaking and repeating only God. If you say "Mary" she says 'God'. http://thecatholicreader.blogspot.com/2013/06/st-louis-de-montfort-quotes.html
Saint Louis de Montfort spent his life roaming from one town to another, preaching. He roamed because his message wasn't welcome anywhere for long. The townspeople loved him, but the authorities did not. He challenged their notions of piety. The Church of France in the 1700's was firmly entrenched in Jansenism, which was a very rigid and pessimistic sect. It taught that only some people will be saved. A good confession required perfect contrition, which is very difficult to achieve, and so most people avoided the sacraments. The Eucharist was only for the saintly. Jansenists also taught against devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as they felt it was a presumption. Devotion to Mary was considered idolatry. The Church under the Jansenist influence was full of punishment and short on mercy. http://saintteresahutchinson.com/documents/catholic-learning/saints/61-st-louis-de-montfort/file
St. de Montfort, on the other hand, preached about Jesus' immense mercy and the Father's tender love. When he began a mission, he renewed baptismal vows, regularized marriages, baptized and catechized. He heard confessions and encouraged reception of the Eucharist. He instituted rosary devotions and processions. He opened schools, founded hospitals, and built replicas of Calvary. He even set hymns that he wrote to existing dance tunes and enacted biblical dramas. Everywhere he went, people were converted and alms were increased. His methods were so different, however, that the Bishop of Poitiers and several other Bishops of western France forbid him to preach in their dioceses. So de Montfort walked to Rome to meet with the Pope and request to be sent as a missionary to Canada. Pope Clement XI instead commissioned Louis as Missionary Apostolic and sent him back to France, where he continued to meet with opposition. By the end of his life he had been kicked out of all but two of the 170 French dioceses. http://www.tfp.org/saint-louis-de-montfort-and-our-fight-for-marys-triumph/
De Montfort's methods converted multitudes, but they also provoked enemies. Several attempts were made on his life. He was beaten up by thugs, pelted with stones, and threatened with a sword. Finally he was poisoned. Although he survived, his health was broken. He died on April 28, 1716 at 43 years old, after having served 16 years as a priest.
“Be the person God created you to be. All the other people are taken.” https://dannygokeynews.com/2016/09/29/video-the-story-behind-danny-gokeys-song -rise/
“You're a princess.” https://www.theodysseyonline.com/youre-real-life-princess
Three examples http://jeremiekubicek.com/3-examples-of-everyday-humble-leaders/
Valedictorian thanks her father, the janitor http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/high-school-valedictorian-father-janitor-32078442
The basketball star makes the winning shot, then brags about his great three pointer while insulting the player who set it up for him. The football player celebrates his touchdown, but ignores the injured opponent being carted off the field. The class brain makes fun of her competition as she wins the spelling contest. These are all examples of how not to be humble. When you constantly bring everyone's attention to yourself, you miss seeing the great things in others.