What's wrong with
meekness? Is the meek man a Milquetoast (unassertive person) who is too spineless and
weak-kneed to face up to the battle of life? This is the false face
of meekness spread by our TV and modern novels. Life to them is an "asphalt jungle" where every difference is settled by a six-gun
or a pair of fists. Strength is equated with violence and brutality.
Nothing could be
further from the truth. The meek man has the courage of the martyrs,
the reverence of the poet, and the patience of a saint in his make-up.
Meekness is the son of self-conquest and father of self-control. The
meek man has studied hard in the school of Christ Crucified, who was meek
and humble of heart.
You don't really need
a show of force, or external bluster, or a display of self-righteousness
to overwhelm those who do you wrong. You must overcome your enemies
with the force of the divine life that flows in and through you. You
must conquer the world and your enemies with the love of Christ.
Have you noticed that
the most excessive demands always seem to be made on you when you're
at your physical or nervous worst? Remember that our Lord rebuked
His apostles for trying to spare Him from the thoughtless crowds that
pressed about Him following and exhausting apostolic day: "Suffer the
little children to come unto me and forbid them not," He commanded
What do you do when
insulted or rejected by otherwise good people? Perhaps even by those
you love? Recall what Christ said to the Apostles who wanted to rain
down fires from heaven on the cities that refused Him entrance. He
warned them that they knew not of what spirit they were.
What happens when a
trusted confidant or friend betrays you in speech or action? Peter,
who swore he would go to the death with the Savior, betrayed Him in His
hour of greatest need. Yet Christ's only rebuke was a look of
infinite tenderness and meek forgiveness. Was it any wonder that
this look brought tears of immediate repentance?
The truth is that, even
a little meekness takes a lot of strength. Now, more than ever, the
world filled with so much violence needs truly meek men. The times
call for the manliness of meekness more than the false courage of violence
and uncontrolled anger. We need the self-conquest of meekness more
than the self centeredness of hate and brutality. We need the
meekness and humility of Christ.
Helps to Meekness:
1. Reverence every
person, regardless of race, color of skin, or religious background,
as a child of God and a potential saint.
2. Compassionate with
your healing strength the weaknesses and faults of others no matter how
vicious and mean. Begin at home, remembering that no once can hurt
you when you are truly meek.
3. When your best
efforts are unappreciated, or your wise counsel is ignored, go your way in
peace. Prayer is another tool of meekness that heals and wins souls
after words and actions have failed.
Finally, pray for the
courage to be meek. And remember that there's no victory that is
sweeter than the conquest of self!
May God bless you abundantly!
~Father Kilian McGowan,
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kneels before God can stand before anyone. To handle yourself,
use your head; to handle others, use your heart.