The Three Notes of the Order
(21) Humility, love, and joy are the three notes that mark the lives of Tertiaries. When these characteristics are evident throughout the Order, its work will be fruitful. Without them all that it attempts will be in vain.This is a salutary reminder of our dependence on God both as individuals and as an Order. Contra the religious snake-oil merchants, there are no self-help books that we can use to make ourselves more humble or loving or joyful. None of these characteristics is something we can work up for ourselves. All we can do is rely on God’s nature as the ultimate giver and look to God to gradually transform us in these areas.