Our dear Mother told Elizabeth Kindelmann that every disgrace and humiliation she experienced advanced the Cause of the Flame of Love of her Immaculate Heart. We often look to others, especially family and friends to console us when humiliations happen to us, and our human nature initially recoils from them. However, our Lord taught Elizabeth, St. Faustina and many others the need to embrace humiliations with joy and peace, through His Grace, and to only seek relief through Him and His Mother.
On one occasion our Lord told Elizabeth that she was too immersed in earthly things and these words shook Elizabeth’s heart. Our Lord then explained: “I did not say that to discourage you. I want to encourage you so that you do not seek relief by looking to the earth in your battles. Look only at Me. I want that, while snuggling yourself right against Me and surrendering to Me in your arduous struggles, you never stop looking only upwards (to Me).”
Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene (author of Divine Intimacy) explains: “Many souls would like to be humble, but few desire humiliations…Yet it is impossible to gain humility without humiliations…Humility is Truth. Therefore, we must tell ourselves that since we possess nothing of ourselves but sin, it is but just that we receive only humiliation and scorn. If we were really convinced of this Truth, we would find it very just that all should humiliate us, treat us without consideration and despise us. In fact, what honor and consideration does one deserve who has offended His Creator (since just one venial sin is so deplorable and worthy of contempt as an offense against God)….
“It is not the humiliation itself which makes us humble, but the act of the will by which we accept it….We can say that everyone, in one way or another, receives humiliations in this life. However, not many become humble, because very few accept humiliation and submit to it patiently….If in spite of all the repugnance and resistance of nature, we accept a humiliation by an act of the will, and assure God that we want to be content with it and savor it thoroughly, we will gradually become humble. The hard, bitter bread of abasement will become little by little sweet and pleasant, but we will not find it agreeable until we have been nourished by humiliations for a long time….Instead of seeing in humiliations the remedy You provide to cure my pride, how many times Lord have I looked only at the creatures You used to humble me, and irritated by them, I have been indignant and rebellious as if I had been treated unjustly. How blind I am Lord, and how far I have wandered from your ways!”
St. John of the Cross confirms this when he states: “allow yourself…to be brought into submission and despised, and you will be perfect.” Our Lord also confirmed these Truths to St. Faustina as well: “Those who are like me in the pain and contempt (humiliations) they suffer will be like Me also in Glory. And those who resemble Me less in pain and contempt, will also bear less resemblance to Me in Glory.”
Let us now ask God to give us this Grace…to increase within us the Grace of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary….so we may obtain this desire to imitate Him perfectly in humiliations, so our pride may be crushed and we may give Him that Glory and Love He seeks from us; and may we ask Him in His Infinite Mercy to use the crushing of our pride to save countless souls! Fiat!