The Humility of the Centurion
There is no traditional vow of humility: this would be an enormous deception; there is human poverty, human obedience—even if what Jesus did with each goes beyond our reach; still they have that human aspect to them through which we can at least ask for them.
But humility is like the result of the mystery of God on us, if we were able to know it; it is like the correct ordering of what we are before the face of God our Creator, our Savior and our Father. Everything in God that remains mysterious for us and that can only be reached through faith has a kind of equivalent in humility, and this too can only be acquired by a life of faith.
This is why, whether this is apparent or not, humility is the framework for all missionary work; for humility is the only vehicle with the capacity to bring God to that place where people do not believe in him. We are to cherish humility for this reason; all those who have tried to be Christians have tried to cherish it, simply because God loves us and because we want to try to love him. But we should also love it from another angle: as humility is the state of one who adores God, we owe it to God. More than ever it is owed by the world because this is, par excellence, the missionary act of reparation.