Yesterday His Holiness Pope Francis addressed himself to the Roman Curia for the annual Christmas greeting.
He mentioned Industriae ad curandos animae morbos, that is, “Initiatives (for superiors) to cure illnesses of the soul”, a work of Jesuit formation by Claudio Acquaviva, S.J. (+1615) who was the 5th Superior General of the Jesuits and is known as their “second founder”. There was recently issued a new version in Italian. I mentioned that I would like to see that and a whole bunch of you found it on line and sent me the PDF. Thanks! I right about you: the smartest readers anywhere. Wanna see it? HERE
The Pope said that he had had to read this book. Industriae may be at the core of what Francis did in 2014 when he rather viciously beat the tar out of the audience. This year he offered “remedies”.
I have been going through the work. It is very interesting. I may use it as a kind of examination of conscience.
I found especially interesting Chapter IX. Chiusura e mancanza di chiarezza… “Lack of openness and lack of clarity”
Here is a sample from IX:
3. Know that no other defect more than this one open the door to Satan, spirit of shadows, which operates freely, as it wishes and without any obstacle on this type of soul, easily persuading it; and know that there is no other defect more than this which closes the door on all remedies. Therefore, being opened up he will easily defeat all temptations; otherwise, remaining silent, he’ll be defeated.