Yesterday was the annual audience with the Roman Curia for their exchange of Christmas greetings, etc. The “etc.” has also in years past included a couple of brutal verbal beatings. This year, he went on at length about types of abuse.
What left me rather gobsmacked was the gift Francis gave to everyone. HERE
A new edition of the Compendio di teologia ascetica e mistica di Adolphe Tanquerey. This would be, I think, The Spiritual Life: A Treatise on Ascetical and Mystical Theology. US HERE – UK HERE What Francis gave them is a new Italian edition by an auxiliary of Diocese of Rome and the spiritual director of the seminary.
He said, off the cuff, “Credo che è bene, magari non leggerlo tutto ma cercare nell’indice su questa virtù, su questo atteggiamento… I think it would be good, maybe not to read the whole thing but to look in the index for this or that virtue, this or that attitude…”. He made a connection between personal and then institutional reform, which is logical.
The works of Tanquerey are classics of early 20th c. French theology and spirituality, and the delight of unreconstructed ossified manualists, like myself.