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Thought for the Day – 10 May – Thursday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide, the Memorials of St John of Avila (1499-1569) Doctor of the Church

Thought for the Day – 10 May – Thursday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide, the Memorials of St John of Avila (1499-1569) Doctor of the Church

Five Grades of Humility and Twelve Degrees.
By St John of Avila “Father Master Avila” Doctor of the Church (1499-1569)

The first grade is that, recognising his own
baseness, a man should treat his own will with

The second is outwardly to show this self-
contempt both in dress and manners and by
choosing work of a mean and servile character.

The third is to be patient when despised by

The fourth is to rejoice in being despised.

The fifth is to desire with the whole heart to
be despised by others.

Twelve other degrees of humility. 

The first degree is the fear of God.

The second, is to deny our own will.

The third, is obedience.

The fourth, is patience.

The fifth, is the confession of sins.

The sixth, is contempt of oneself.

The seventh, is to prefer others to oneself,
esteeming them more highly.

The eighth, is to avoid singularity in outward

The ninth, is to be silent unless spoken to.

The tenth, is not to be prompt to laughter.

The eleventh, is to speak little and with

The twelfth, is to prefer a low estate and

St John of Avila (1499-1569), Pray for us!

And to Divide the week into stages of the Passion of Christ: – read here – may 2017.2


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