Pope Francis Issues Top Ten Tips for Happiness
Yes, it's from another interview...this one in the Argentine weekly Viva. (Translated by Catholic News Service)
From the article (slightly edited):
1. “Live and let live....Move forward and let others do the same.”
2. “Be giving of yourself to others....if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”
3. “Proceed calmly” (in life).
4. A healthy sense of leisure. The Pope said “consumerism has brought us anxiety”, and told parents to set aside time to play with their children and turn of the TV when they sit down to eat.
5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family.”
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.
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 proselytise; 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 paralyses: '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 proselytising,” 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."Where is God in this list? Isn't Sunday for God first? Where is Christ Jesus? Is condemning evil or scandal a "negative thing" that must be let go? Are we no longer an evangelical Church sent forth to "make disciples of all nations. Baptize them 'in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit?'" Has the divine commission been abrogated? No wonder so many Catholics today are confused.
Reading this list made me shake my head. It sounds like something you'd find in the Self Help aisle at the bookstore or an interview with a psychologist or something Rodney King said, "Can't we all just get along?"
And I can't help wondering what St. Paul would say about not trying to persuade people to embrace Christ. Weren't all of Paul's apostolic journeys directed toward conversion? Aren't we an evangelical Church? Didn't St. Francis of Assisi go to the Sultan to preach conversion?
All I can say is it's no wonder Pope Francis is so popular among the dissenters. He sounds so much like them.