All work without humility is idle work.


Be humble, very humble. This single virtue attracts God the most to us wretched creatures. Likewise, pride and self-conceitedness may thwart everything in an instant.

(Letter to Sr. Dominic; 1878)

How great is human wretchedness! At times, we have already accepted everything, offered it before heaven and earth, only to see that the love of self raises its head again to demand its own. On one hand, this is quite upsetting for the soul; though on the other, it is almost beneficial. In such cases, our misery being almost tangible, the soul becomes convinced that it has not made even a step forward in perfection.

(Letter to Fr. Łobos; 1876)