I’m relieved to see Pope Francis suggest that looking to humiliation as a pleasant thing is unhealthy. The truth is: we don’t need to seek it out. It will come, and when it does, do we imitate Christ or do we spin off in defense?
120. I am not saying that such humiliation is pleasant, for that would be masochism, but that it is a way of imitating Jesus and growing in union with him. This is incomprehensible on a purely natural level, and the world mocks any such notion. Instead, it is a grace to be sought in prayer: “Lord, when humiliations come, help me to know that I am following in your footsteps”.