"If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are." (BMT)
Mother Teresa speaks here of true humility: it is not that you devalue yourself or your gifts, it is recognizing the truth about yourself and living that truth. When you know what you are, when you are confident in the gifts God has given you and you use them wisely, then neither praise nor disgrace can touch you, because you live only for God and seek only His approval.
Psalm 131 complements Mother Teresa's words perfectly:
" My heart is not proud, O LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore."
The psalmist concedes that he knows himself - his eyes are not raised to heights which he cannot comprehend. He is comfortable in his own skin and puts all his hope in God. Humility allows him to be content with what he has and to accept the path God has chosen for him. His soul is calm, and he no longer has to prove himself to anyone.
Today, ask God for the grace to truly know yourself, to accept your strengths and your limitations and to live them in truth, content in the knowledge of His love for you...
Bl. Mother Teresa, pray for us!