(Im)Perfect Humility: 5 Wise Voices – Brad Jersak


An evasive and misunderstood virtue. I’ve not learned it. But together, we can ponder it from five wise voices. Don’t figure it out. Just be still and marinate. 

1. With Moby – “This Wild Darkness” 

Tried so hard to be good
For myself, for you, for the hidden and divine
For everything but I can fail just so many times

Ooh, in this darkness
Please light my way
Light my way

2. With Bill – “Perfect Humility”

Absolute humility would consist of a state of complete freedom from myself, freedom from all the claims that my defects of character now lay so heavily upon me. Perfect humility would be a full willingness, in all times and places, to find and to do the will of God.

When I meditate on such a vision, I need not be dismayed because I shall never attain it, nor need I swell with presumption that one of these days its virtues shall all be mine.

I only need to dwell on the vision itself, letting it grow and ever more fill my heart. This done, I can compare it with my last-taken personal inventory. Then I get a sane and healthy idea of where I stand on the highway to humility. I see that my journey toward God has scarce begun.

As I thus get down to my right size and stature, my self-concern and importance become amusing.

(As Bill Sees It, 106).

3. With Justice – “Woke?”

“The smaller we become, the less our ego has to feed on.”

4. With Arvo Pärt – “Have you thanked God for this failure already?”

5. With Bukowski (feat. Waits) – “Nirvana”

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Brad Jersak

Bradley Jersak is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, BC. He serves as a reader and monastery preacher at All Saints of North America Orthodox Monastery. Read More