Friday, April 30, 2010
hAZEL: Be warned against entering a race of ego and vanity that garbs itself as dignity and self esteem.
" If your mother were battling for life and accepting an offer of help from someone you treat as your enemy could help her, would you accept that offer or allow your ego to come in the way of saving your mother?" asked Hazel of her son and added, " It is far easier to do good to the enemy than to have the enemy do good to you. That requires moral courage that is hard to invoke. And your response speaks more of who you are than about who your enemy is. But the true measure of your greatness lies not in how liberal you are in giving help but in how gracious you can be in accepting it while offered with love. Only the saints have the grace to beg. All begging without grace is an ignominy. But all vanity that comes in the way of gracious acceptance of the world's good towards you is even worse. Be warned against entering a race of ego and vanity that garbs itself as dignity and self esteem."