10-Step Program to Happiness
happy your people must be! How happy your officials,
who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!”
(2 Chronicles 9.7)
ABC News enumerated the “10 Steps to Being Happy, According
[to] Pope Francis”.
This is significant in two
ways: first, it provides us — at last — with the
erstwhile cryptic formula for being happy that had eluded all the philosophers
and all the oracles from classical antiquity to the present. We are
speaking here of man’s ultimate ambition! His happiness! This is no
second way, however, in which it is significant is that this formula
— articulated by no less than a Roman Catholic Pontiff,
as the means to attain happiness itself … neither mentions nor
The Formula for Happiness —
according to Francis:
“Live and let live.”
2. “Be giving of yourself to others.”
3. “Proceed calmly” in life.
4. Have “a healthy sense of leisure.”
“Sundays should be holidays.” Spend Sundays with family and friends.
6. “Create dignified jobs for young
7. “Respect and take care of nature.”
8. “Stop being negative.”
9. “Respect others’ beliefs.”
10. “Work for peace.”
is not “fake news”
You are not experiencing a psychotic episode.
Presumably you are not in a drug-induced
state of aphasia.
For the head of the Roman Catholic Church
of over 1 billion souls, the fulfillment of these 10 “steps” constitutes
happiness. Contrary to what the Church has taught
from its inception over 2000 years ago, for Francis, apparently,
God is not man’s happiness. In fact, He is not even alluded
Does it sound familiar?
“Why, now that you mention it!” It is an enervated reiteration
of the lyrics of the Beatles’ John Lennon’s song “Imagine”.
You can find the lyrics
. It is, arguably, the anthem of post-Christian man
Different — by a Quantum
different, yes? … I mean, from anything that you may have once learned
(or heard rumor of) from that “outdated” Baltimore Catechism
that put things in clear and unambiguous perspective, distinctly Catholic,
Scriptural, Patristic, and relevant. Here, let us help you. Below
are three questions concerning happiness, its nature and the means of
its attainment that vastly differ from what Francis would
have us believe to the contrary.
Question 3. Why did God make
Answer: God made us to show
forth His goodness and to share with us His everlasting happiness
4. What must we do to gain the happiness of heaven?
Answer: To gain the happiness of Heaven
we must know, love, and serve God in this world.
God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world,
and to be happy with Him forever in Heaven.
If you wonder to whom you should defer,
we would suggest that tens of thousands of Saints stand as a
pure testimony, often indited in the blood of martyrdom, that happiness
is to be found in God alone — to the tedious meanderings of one
man in the Church who appears to find happiness elsewhere than God —
when he ought not, nor encourage others to.
Do we maintain that Pope Francis does not hold that authentic
happiness is to be found in God? Not only is that implausible, but it
is absurd — as many utterances of Francis have been — and perhaps that
is why we find it so troubling. We merely observe that he fails to mention
it, or exhort us to it. And that, given his Petrine office,
is deeply troubling indeed.
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
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