Pope’s 10 Commandments for Happiness!

02 AUG, 2014
by Bikash Mohanty

The Pope is the Bishop of Rome and the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church. The importance of the Roman bishop is largely derived from his role as the traditional successor to Saint Peter, to whom Jesus gave the keys of Heaven and the powers of "binding and loosing," naming him as the "rock" upon which the church would be built. The current pope is Francis, who was elected on 13 March 2013, succeeding Benedict XVI.  The office of the Pope is the papacy. The pope is also head of state of Vatican City, a sovereign city-state entirely enclaved within the Italian capital city of Rome.

The papacy is one of the most enduring institutions in the world and has had a prominent part in world history. The popes in ancient times helped in the spread of Christianity and the resolution of various doctrinal disputes. In the middle Ages they played a role of secular importance in Western Europe, often acting as arbitrators between Christian monarchs. Currently, in addition to the expansion of the Christian faith and doctrine, the popes are involved in ecumenism and interfaith dialog, charitable work, and the defence of human rights.

The Pope’s 10 Commandments for Happiness:

  1. Live and let live.
  2. Be giving of ourselves to others…If we withdraw into ourselves, we run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.
  3. A healthy sense of leisure … Consumerism has brought us anxiety, [causing us to lose a] healthy culture of leisure.
  4. Proceed calmly in life.
  5. Sunday is for family.
  6. We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities, they will get into drugs.
  7. Environmental degradation is one of the biggest challenges we have. A question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’
  8. Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘We feel so low that instead of picking ourselves up; we have to cut others down.’ Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.
  9. We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: ‘One should not talk to other in order to persuade him/her.’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing.
  10. We are living in a time of many wars, [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.