Rome, Italy, Aug 28, 2022 / 12:26 pm
Cardinal Robert McElroy spoke about Christian humility Sunday at his first public Mass since he was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis.
The Aug. 28 Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, the American Catholic parish in Rome, Italy. McElroy, 68, is the bishop of San Diego.
“Many people have the wrong notion of what Christian humility is,” McElroy said in his homily. “Humility is not putting ourselves down, it’s not underestimating ourselves, it’s not presenting ourselves as less than we are.”
Christian humility means two things, he said: “Putting aside the pretenses and facades we often put up to try to look better to others than we are. And secondly: challenging, facing, the impulse all of us have to place our own interests ahead of those of others.”