I’ve been reading St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer’s book entitled "The Way", which was recommended to me by my spiritual director. I’ve been reading through the passages in the book and this particular passage called my attention:

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Don’t forget that you are just a trash can. So if by any chance the divine gardener should lay his hands on you and scrub and clean you, and fill you with magnificent flowers, neither the scent nor the colors that beautify your ugliness should make you proud.

Humble yourself: don’t you know that you are a trash can?

I believe that sometimes we forget that all that we are and all that we have are graces given by God and not just mere products of our "self". The worst thing is that we place ourselves on the pedestal for every good or achievement that we have done. We forget that we are just a trash can, dumped with every piece of garbage imaginable such as sin.

Cum enim infirmor, tunc potens sum – "for when I am weak, then I am strong"