21Dec Pope prescribes “curial antibiotics”

Pope Francis, suffering from a cold, in addressing the curia prescribed a course of “curial antibiotics”.

He said that last year when speaking to members of the curia he "spoke of certain temptations or maladies – the catalogue of curial diseases. ...Diseases which call for prevention, vigilance, care and, sadly, in some cases, painful and prolonged interventions."
However this year ".. in the context of this Year of Mercy and our own preparation for the coming celebration of Christmas, I would like to present a practical aid for fruitfully experiencing this season of grace. It is by no means an exhaustive catalogue of needed virtues for those who serve in the Curia and for all those who would like to make their consecration or service to the Church more fruitful."
A challenge for all, not just the curia!

21Dec 21/12. Monday in Week 4 of Advent

Saint Peter Canisius, optional memorial

1st Reading: Song of Songs 2:8-14

Lyrical love-poetry from king Solomon, about the beloved who is coming

The voice of my beloved!
Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.

My beloved …

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