From Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland, has a good word about humility:
Sacrament of the Divine Humility
Mother Mectilde speaks often of the anéantissement, the ennothingment of the Son of God in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. The Eucharist is the sacrament of the divine humility. It is the descent to the altar of the Word made flesh, the crucified Word, the glorious Word, risen and ascended into heaven. There, upon the altar, the substance of a little piece of bread becomes the very substance of the Body and Blood of Christ, leaving only the appearance of bread to serve as veil concealing the awful Mystery.
Raised Up by Grace
There is no fall from grace, no fall into disgrace, no descent into the vile gutters of sin that cannot be reversed by the humility of the Son of God adored, received sacramentally, and appropriated to oneself. It is by the humility of His Son — in His passion and in the sacramental state of lowliness assumed for our sakes in the Most Holy Eucharist — that every soul fallen low into sin can raised up by grace, and restored to communion with the Father in the Holy Ghost.
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During the fifth week of the Great Fast, the Orthodox Church commemorates the life of St Mary of Egypt during the reading of the Great Canon of St Andrew at Compline. According to her vita, Mary engaged in immoral behavior for neither sensual pleasure or love of money. Her motivation was in wickedness for its own sake, her delight in degradation for the sake of degradation. In this see is the antithesis of what we see in Jesus Christ Who in the words of St Paul, humbles Himself to the point of death on the Cross in order that He might raise us up to new life (see Philippians 2).
There is nothing good about degradation, there is nothing good about humiliation and yet God can in His mercy draw goodness from these for us.
Where we often go wrong is imagining that because God can bring a situation to a good end that the situation itself is good. Nothing could be further from the truth however. To make this mistake is to set your foot on the path to perversion, a word that means to subvert or overturn. In the current case what is subverted is our moral sense, our sense of what a wholesome human means concretely. Yes, it is a good and noble thing to bear patiently with injustice. But the goodness is found in the patient endurance not the injustice.
Moral confusion here is especially damaging in our responsibility to care for others in the weakness. What is laudable (at least potentially) in my personal life is a grievous even deadly, moral failure when it fosters in me passivity and timidity when I see others being mistreated.