Monday, December 21, 2015

Doctor Francis addresses the Curia again

Last year, Francis admonished the Curia for 15 diseases from which they suffer.  After telling them that in 2015 their behavior proved he was correct in his diagnosis, Francis said there are 12 needed virtues or medicines.  You can't make this stuff up it is so bizarre!
  • The virtue of missionary and pastoral spirit
  • The virtue of idoneity and sagacity
  • The virtue of spirituality and humanity
  • The virtue of example and fidelity
  • The virtue of rationality and gentleness
  • The virtue of innocuousness and determination
  • The virtue of charity and truth
  • The virtue of honesty and maturity
  • The virtue of respectfulness and humility
  • The virtue of diligence and attentiveness
  • The virtue of intrepidness and alertness
  • The virtue of trustworthyness and sobriety

Do you see any of the virtues which Francis is deficient of in that list?

Francis ended with, “To help us better grasp this, let us savour the magnificent prayer, commonly attributed to Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero, but pronounced for the first time by Cardinal John Dearden.” [CMJ's note: This prayer was written by Fr. Ken Untener one of Dearden's aides.]

“Every now and then it helps us to take a step back and to see things from a distance.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is also beyond our visions.
In our lives, we manage to achieve only a small part of the marvellous plan that is God’s work.
Nothing that we do is complete, which is to say that the Kingdom is greater than ourselves.
No statement says everything that can be said.
No prayer completely expresses the faith.
No Creed brings perfection.
No pastoral visit solves every problem.
No programme fully accomplishes the mission of the Church.
No goal or purpose ever reaches completion.
This is what it is about: We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that others will watch over them.
We lay the foundations of something that will develop.
We add the yeast which will multiply our possibilities.
We cannot do everything, yet it is liberating to begin.
This gives us the strength to do something and to do it well.
It may remain incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way.
It is an opportunity for the grace of God to enter and to do the rest.
It may be that we will never see its completion, but that is the difference between the master and the labourer.
We are labourers, not master builders, servants, not the Messiah.
We are prophets of a future that does not belong to us.”

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