Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pope Francis' Humility

I don't know whether His Holiness Pope Francis is humble or not, who am I to judge? God alone sees him on the inside.

What is clear, however, is that his special charism is to showcase humility and poverty, essential Christian virtues; and his display of poverty and humility have disarmed the enemies of the Church. They love him specifically because of those two virtues which he so strongly emphasizes and promotes, especially for the Church Herself (as Christ Himself did).

May it be a lesson for us all. Triumphalism costs dearly.
While evangelical poverty prospers.

Qui maior est vestrum erit minister vester.
Qui autem se exaltaverit humiliabitur et qui se humiliaverit exaltabitur. Mattew 23:11

Fecit potentiam in brachio suo dispersit superbos mente cordis sui.
Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles.
Esurientes implevit bonis et divites dimisit inanes. Luke 1:52

Cf. Humility is the door to God.

N.B. "Aristotle's 'magnanimous' man of  the Nicomachaean Ethics, very like Nietzsche's Übermensch." Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ, Friedrich Nietzsche, Middlesex, England: Penguin, 200.

Cf. The Centrality of humility in Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and Saint Thomas Aquinas;
Pope Francis' Magisterium Explained.
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