In the degrees of humility, there is always a question of the inner person, the heart. We progress to the interior, where I know myself and know that I am known by God . . . This knowledge is always an awareness of my “creatureliness” – that is, I have not brought myself into being, that another has caused me to be and that other is God himself . . . My purpose is to become a person who worships God through and through . . . It supposes the essence of humility – a constant contact with my nature, a constant mindfulness of the fact that I cannot be at the center of my universe, but it must be God who is the center.
– Father Simon O’Donnell, O.S.B.