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Pope Francis prays to St. Thomas - on the importance of humor in everyday life

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Pope Francis says that he prays to the English martyr St. Thomas More daily. The Pope shared this in his annual end of year address to Vatican officials. He says he prays to the saint for good humor, adding that a healthy dose of humor in our daily lives is very beneficial.

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Pope Francis began his address by saying that he hoped that the event would be an examination of conscience.

Pope Francis began his address by saying that he hoped that the event would be an examination of conscience.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/23/2014 (5 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: St. Thomas More, Pope Francis, humor


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis also outlined "15 diseases of the Curia" which included the diseases of mental and spiritual petrification; existential schizophrenia; spiritual Alzheimer's and the disease of the "funeral face."

In regards to "spiritual petrification," Pope Francis clarified that this occurred when men "lose their internal peace, their vivacity and audacity, choosing to hide under papers to become "procedural machines."

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Pope Francis says that he prays to the English martyr St. Thomas More daily.

Pope Francis says that he prays to the English martyr St. Thomas More daily.


The Pope also described "existential schizophrenia" as the disease of "those who live a double life" and endure a "spiritual emptiness" which cannot be filled with degrees or academic titles.

Diplomats suffer "spiritual Alzheimer's" which the Pope describes as a "progressive decline of spiritual faculties" which "causes severe disadvantages to people," making them live in a "state of absolute dependence" on their, often imagined, views.

The Pope also appealed to the officials not to give into gossip describing the sin as a form of "satanic assassination" of other people's good name.

Pope Francis began his address by saying that he hoped that the event would be an examination of conscience.

He continued by reminding them that their first priority should be contact with Christ, rather than mere bureaucratic duties.

The Thomas More prayer for good humor begins: "Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest. Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it. Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good and that doesn't frighten easily at the sight of evil, but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.

 "Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called 'I.' Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor. Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others."

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