Humility the Sure Foundation


For Vincent de Paul, the virtue of Humility served as a foundational one without which we have nothing.  It requires us to avoid self-aggrandizement, self-advancement, and seeking the praise of others.  At the same time, however, it encourages our recognition of the gifts we have been given so long as we remember that we bear these gifts so that God may use them for God’s own purposes.  Vincent counsels superiors in his community to be models of humility in dealing with those subject to their authority.

“Humility, the Sure Foundation” is a chapter from the book Windows on His Vision (pp. 131-132) available at:

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