We must not rank ourselves too low; and with still greater care we must see that we do not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, as happens when we foolishly impute to ourselves whatever good may be in us. But far more than either of these kinds of ignorance, we must hate and shun that presumption which would lead us to glory in goods not our own, knowing that they are not of ourselves but of God, and yet not fearing to rob God of the honor due unto Him.
Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153, On Loving God, Chapter II, (from Calvin
College Ethereal Library, made available by Paul Halsall)
What is the right attitude toward ourselves? How can we avoid attributing the things God gave us to ourselves?
A La Carte (April 24)
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