"We would like to be humble - but not despised. Though to be despised and rejected is the heritage of virtue. We would be poor too - but without privation. And doubtless we are patient, except with hardships and disagreeables. And so with all the virtues.
The willing poor, unsolaced by corruptibles, descend into the valley of humility. They are pursued by insult and adversity, the best school of self-knowledge. And self-knowledge gets God-knowledge."Sermons