Trying to Learn Humility From St. John Neumann

"Many think that being "spiritual" has to be supernatural, preternatural, exotic, and even weird.  But a person who is truly spiritual simply asks the Holy Spirit to inspire, guide and direct him in the natural things of life and then goes about his business.  Like John Neumann." - Bert Ghezzi, Voices of the Saints

John Neumann was about service.  When Pope Pius IX named him bishop of Philadelphia (a diocese of 35,000 square miles with 170,000 German, Irish, and Italian Catholics!) he canceled his welcome parade and used the money to build a school.  He went out and met with the people and learned Italian and Gaelic, prompting one woman to exclaim, "Thanks be to God!  We now have an Irish bishop!"

The man never stopped.  He built churches and schools.  He literally worked himself to death.  While walking to perform errands, he collapsed on the street and died on January 5, 1860.

I need to be more like John Neumann.  (Maybe not working myself to death!)  I like doing good works, but unfortunately, I also like "tooting my own horn."  I've always been that way, but working customer service has made it a bit worse.  At work, we are recognized for our good works, which is fine, but it also makes me want to jump up and down, waving my arms and proclaiming, "See what I just did?"

It's nuts, isn't it?

I found a prayer from St. John Neumann in January's Magnificat.  Here's the part that spoke to me those most:

O Jesus, my divine and most amiable teacher, teach me humility and resignation to your most holy will.  This I ask with confidence.  You granted me temporal favors when I called on you; you will not now reject my prayer for spiritual favors.  True, the favor I now beg is infinitely superior to any temporal one and I am altogether unworthy to receive it, yet it is your will that I should be humble, truly humble, with sincere, heartfelt humility.  Grant me this favor, that I may be more conformable to you.  Grant it, my beloved Savior, my most amiable Teacher.



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