Humility 1.4

Every exaltation is a kind of pride. RB 7:2

Benedict is giving us a life principle: any form of self-exaltation is a barrier between us and God.

When everything is going smoothly, when we are feeling self-sufficient, God can be far from our consciousness, even distant. We usually discover God in hard times. Our own limitations push us to look beyond human resources for a solution to our discomfort. Benedict is reminding us that we do not usually find God when the going is good. Seeking for certainty elsewhere can limit our awareness of the ever-present love, compassion and faithfulness of God.