Friday, March 15, 2013

See how humble I am!

Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you (Mt 6:1-4).

Bryan Cross has a photo gallery to illustrate how humble Pope Francis is:

Of course, there’s always something a wee bit paradoxical about flaunting your humility. Now, in fairness to Francis, he can’t prevent folks from snapping pictures.

However, some of these appear to be public events, staged photo ops. Situations that invite a camera crew to follow him around.

Why can’t he just take a couple of priests with him to do after-hours hospital visitation? Out of the limelight. Away from the paparazzi.

Keep in mind, too, that in Catholicism, good works are meritorious. This isn’t disinterested humility. So there’s always that little catch.


  1. I can't be the only one who thinks the Pope looks like Jonathan Pryce. Here's a link to a preview of a free DVD movie where Pryce plays Martin Luther. HERE

    If only Bergoglio professed the faith of Luther.

  2. This reminds me of the Albanian Mother Theresa. It is a shame that such pious and humble planning hurt so many of the Sisters in her order in their substandard healthcare. May we give to others the things we cannot do adequately, and also the good members in our church group should interfere and correct.