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Posted on 08/01/2014 7:01:41 AM PDT by Gamecock
Full Title: Pope Francis Reveals Top 10 Secrets to Happiness; Advises Taking Care of Nature, Honoring Sundays, Respecting Others' Beliefs
Pope Francis has shared his top 10 secrets to a happy life in an interview with an Argentinean newspaper, and advised people to slow down and enjoy a "healthy sense of leisure," to take care of nature, and to respect other people's beliefs, among others.
Catholic News Service posted Pope Francis' list on Tuesday, published in part in the Argentine weekly "Viva."
The list goes as follows:
1. "Live and let live." Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, "Move forward and let others do the same." ADVERTISEMENT
2. "Be giving of yourself to others." People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because "if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid."
3. "Proceed calmly" in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist gaucho Don Segundo Sombra looks back on how he lived his life.
"He says that in his youth he was a stream full of rocks that he carried with him; as an adult, a rushing river; and in old age, he was still moving, but slowly, like a pool" of water, the pope said. He said he likes this latter image of a pool of water to have "the ability to move with kindness and humility, a calmness in life."
4. "A healthy sense of leisure." The pleasures of art, literature and playing together with children have been lost, he said.
"Consumerism has brought us anxiety" and stress, causing people to lose a "healthy culture of leisure." Their time is "swallowed up" so people can't share it with anyone.
Even though many parents work long hours, they must set aside time to play with their children; work schedules make it "complicated, but you must do it," he said.
Families must also turn off the TV when they sit down to eat because, even though television is useful for keeping up with the news, having it on during mealtime "doesn't let you communicate" with each other, the pope said.
5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because "Sunday is for family," he said.
6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. "We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs" and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.
"It's not enough to give them food," he said. "Dignity is given to you when you can bring food home" from one's own labor.
7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation "is one of the biggest challenges we have," he said. "I think a question that we're not asking ourselves is: 'Isn't humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?'"
8. Stop being negative. "Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, 'I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,'" the pope said. "Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy."
9. Don't proselytize; respect others' beliefs. "We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: 'I am talking with you in order to persuade you,' No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing," the pope said.
10. Work for peace. "We are living in a time of many wars," he said, and "the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive" and dynamic.
The Roman Catholic Church leader has often preached about finding joy away from material possessions, and on the importance of protecting the environment.
Earlier this week, Francis became the first pope to make an official visit to a Pentecostal church. On Monday he spoke at the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in the southern city of Caserta, Italy, and apologized for the persecution of Pentecostals that the Catholic Church was involved with in the past.
He added that people should not be surprised to see him visit evangelicals, and called them "his brothers."
I don’t recognize the face photoshopped in there. Can you tell me who it is?
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations
Live and let live
Let nature be your teacher
Respect the life of your fellow creature
Live and let live and whatever you do,
Always remember the Killer whale Namu.
We learn by example at the age when we are growing up.
He looks pretty good for 51 years old.
Thanks. I don’t know who that is. Is he a megachurch guy or something?
If you believe others' beliefs will send them into eternal damnation, it might help to proselytize if it can be done so effectively.
At the very least, it is important to bear witness to your faith.
5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.
agreed. And if I can afford it. I don’t want government dictating whether I work or not and this group of fascists will force Sundays off on small business and companies. I’m sure of it.
It’s a matter of style, not substance. We can teach without getting in people’s faces.
1. Have no standards so you won’t be disappointed.
That’s what liberals always think.
Is this real or a joke ?
Not to be critical but it seems he would mention the peace and joy we receive from our faith. We can find no greater peace and joy.
Yep, easily the worst pope in my lifetime. The Joel Osteen jab is particularly on the mark. This list is the same pabulum.
Tons of his antics there.
We can’t teach without opening our mouths.
Big difference between teaching and baptizing
What about vanity and the destructive evil of envy it leads to? That’s the biggest source of sorrow in modern life. Constantly comparing oneself to others never leads to happiness. Leftists can never admit their primary motivator in life is a cardinal sin.
Envy is the whole basis of Communism. That’s why it resulted in the deaths of millions.
Oh Goody. Another day, another load of BS from Frank. Still waiting to hear him begin speaking out about the slaughter of Christians in the Middle East and Africa, or does that come under his live and let live philosophy?
1. “Live and let live.”
2. “Be giving of yourself to others.”
3. “Proceed calmly” in life.
4. “A healthy sense of leisure.”
5. Sundays should be holidays.
6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people.
7. Respect and take care of nature.
8. Stop being negative.
9. Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs.
10. Work for peace.
Words for our Iraqi Christians friends. /sacr
The Pope needs to get out of the Vatican more often.
Well, there you have it.
All the items on that list are directly from the “teachings” of the secular humanism of our illustrious globalists.
Every single item on the list is designed to be fine with globalists, the IRS, NSA, etc.
As long as a Church is corrupted and serving a corrupt government, the corrupt government will be fine with that Church.
Once a Church makes that its bed, it then has to lie in it.
When a Church effectively tosses the Bible aside and tells its congregants to obey to the Church leadership’s teachings over and above obeying Scripture, it gets taken over from within by the darkness of corrupt souls of fallen man. It then becomes a cult like all false religions.
Religious cults always tell their members to obey the cult leaders over and above anything or anyone else.
True Churches tell their members to obey the Word of God, the Bible, over and above anything or anyone else.
Beer not mentioned once.
Thanks for the link.
11.) Let no thought go unspoken.
Every day should be for family, not just Sunday. Just like every day should be Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day.
Live and let live - Not when obama and his terrorist buddies are out to destroy my life.
You’re right, I missed that, thanks.
“We cant teach without opening our mouths.”
True. We believers have been blanded to death! “Don’t put out the Spirit’s fire...” If the stones would cry out, why can’t we? We have The Truth, living in our very hearts, by the Holy Spirit.
Father, empower us to be very bold in proclaiming your Gospel. In the name of Jesus! Amen.
Nothing about God?
What a joke.
What’s up with that?!?
***spewing lunch all over the monitor and keyboard***
Warn people, will ya???????
Maybe it’s just me, but I missed reading the references about being in Christ and reconciled to God.
You don’t recognize him?
Does the name Joel Osteen ring a bell?
Cover your keyboard warning and ping......
Not really. Why should I know him?
You know the Pope is always misquoted and/or it’s taken out of context.
The real ten rules will be along shortly.
They may start out”thou shalt not...”
St. Francis never said that. Give it a rest.
Did you notice that, in his secrets to happiness, Pope Francis never mentioned God, prayer or the Sacraments? He didn’t even mention family Mass on Sundays.
All his secrets to happiness appear to be secular. A material pope in a material world.
He wears a rainbow bracelet.