The Way of Humility

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Originally a series written by Pope Francis while he was cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, these profound meditations give an inspiring introduction to the path of humility needed to form true Christian communities. They are divided into two separate works: Corruption and Sin and On Self-Accusation.As the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis ministered in a country that was suffering greatly from the effects of corruption in public and private life. He reflected on the connection between sin and corruption, and how pride and self-sufficiency lead from one to the other. In these texts on humility, honesty, and simplicity, one sees the roots of the prevailing themes of Pope Francis' pontificate. The two pieces are on different but related issues: sin and corruption, and the remedy for sin--self-accusation--which is admitting to oneself the truth about one's faults. In short, pride is the problem; humility is the solution. Drawing on Scripture and the teachings of Christ, these powerful insights offer simple, profound, and practical wisdom."It will do us good to reflect together on the problem of corruption and also on its relationship with sin. It will do us good to shake up our souls with the prophetic force of the Gospel, which places us in the truth about things by stirring up the layers of fallen dead leaves of human weakness and complicity that can create the conditions for corruption. It will do us a lot of good, in the light of God's word, to learn to discern the different states of corruption that surround us and threaten to lead us astray. It will do us good to say to one another again, 'Yes, I'm a sinner; but no, I'm not corrupt!'--and to say it with fear, lest we accept the state of corruption as just another sin." -Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis)
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Description Originally a series written by Pope Francis while he was cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, these profound meditations give an inspiring introduction to the path of humility needed to form true Christian communities. They are divided into two separate works: Corruption and Sin and On Self-Accusation.As the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis ministered in a country that was suffering greatly from the effects of corruption in public and private life. He reflected on the connection between sin and corruption, and how pride and self-sufficiency lead from one to the other. In these texts on humility, honesty, and simplicity, one sees the roots of the prevailing themes of Pope Francis' pontificate. The two pieces are on different but related issues: sin and corruption, and the remedy for sin--self-accusation--which is admitting to oneself the truth about one's faults. In short, pride is the problem; humility is the solution. Drawing on Scripture and the teachings of Christ, these powerful insights offer simple, profound, and practical wisdom."It will do us good to reflect together on the problem of corruption and also on its relationship with sin. It will do us good to shake up our souls with the prophetic force of the Gospel, which places us in the truth about things by stirring up the layers of fallen dead leaves of human weakness and complicity that can create the conditions for corruption. It will do us a lot of good, in the light of God's word, to learn to discern the different states of corruption that surround us and threaten to lead us astray. It will do us good to say to one another again, 'Yes, I'm a sinner; but no, I'm not corrupt!'--and to say it with fear, lest we accept the state of corruption as just another sin." -Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis)