In Chapter 5 , St Francis wrote on Interior Humility. I really love the way Francis writes. Short pithy sentences , full of great Wisdom and Imagery, never loosing site of the message he seeks to get across. A top, top communicator, a superb writer a guy who knew his subject matter back to front and upside down. Another hero of Catholicism. What's more someone you can totally totally trust. ..and lets face it they are few on the ground at the moment. Which is why I much, much , much prefer the older spiritual classics like this. St Francis touches on what I have found a difficult subject matter here. He says that Humility is simply an acknowledgement of the Truth and we must be open and honest about what Graces the God has given us. As Our Lady did when she said, 'The Almighty has done great things for me!' He uses the example of a mule who bears sacks of gold for a Great Prince and says if a mule stated it carried someone else's gold it would not be any greater for having done so. But there is a false humility that tends to deny this. When I got out of prison I was interested in things that were going on in my own spiritual life. I was going into raptures and ecstasies. It was as though I was being lifted up t to heaven. I had to be careful in public with these things especially in Church in case I went totally zonked and people might notice. When I went to my Spiritual Director he said he had only read about these things in books and that he wanted to stop directing me as he felt unworthy and these were coupled with the fact that I was starting to see and hear heavenly things, visions and so on. St Teresa of Avila was my great guide at this point from her book , 'The Interior Mansions' were I discovered I was in the 5th Mansion , The Prayer of Union. But this discomfited me quite a lot. How could this have happened in such a short space of time? To me of all people. But Our Lady had promised me that, 'I myself will teach you' (prayer) and with her for a guide I went off like a sky rocket. Why God does this is God's buisness. We can;t second guess Him. There is a parable to this effect in scripture which I think we heard the Sunday before lest in the Old Rite Mass.