Two Top Ten Tips




(h/t to Fr Ray Blake and to Louie Verrecchio)



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15 Responses to Two Top Ten Tips

  1. I’ve already written a pastiche of this Desiderata, but I do wonder about “Sunday is for families?” Not God, then?

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  2. habitforming2 says:

    To what extent am I to respect another’s beliefs? Respect them into damnation?


  3. Tom Fisher says:

    Umm… so these are two lists which both have very good things in them…. and I always appreciate a reminder to go to confession….

    But is there not a false dichotomy here? I’ve seen Pope Francis in his homilies frequently exhort the faithful to go to confession, and in fact do everything on the second list….

    Is this Post intended as a swipe at the Holy Father???



  4. mmvc says:

    No it’s not intended as a swipe at the Holy Father, but as food for thought.
    I agree that both lists are potentially helpful though as a Catholic I believe that I (or anyone for that matter) would find greater happiness in following the tips of the second list more closely.


  5. mmvc says:

    More specifically, I agree with the first two commenters about points 5 and 9 of Pope Francis’ list.
    And FWIW, I’ve never been a great proponent of “live and let live”.


  6. Tom Fisher says:

    Thanks for your reassurance mmvc.

    I agree that the second list is by far the better path to true happiness. But FWIW I think Pope Francis would probably agree with us ūüėČ


  7. johnhenrycn says:

    Well, I’ve recommended MMVC’s (and everyone else’s) comments above, but I have to say: Pope Francis’s Tips 5 and 9 strike a deep chord with me. Regarding Tip 5, there was a big fight in my province about 20 years ago concerning Sunday shopping. Committed Christians (Prods and Catholics) lost, and that defeat is still destroying family bonds (here and just about everywhere else I expect) today. Pope Francis is not denying Sundays are for God, but if we can’t even prohibit Sunday shopping, people aren’t going to think about Sundays as a special time for God or for their families. I strenuously (not always successfully) avoid stores on Sundays. Regarding the Holy Father’s Tip 9, context is important, but no context is offered; so I’m going to offer him the benefit of the doubt and presume that by “respect others’ beliefs”, he is not advocating syncretism.


  8. Frere Rabit says:

    If that list is really the Pope’s 10 tips, rather than a satire on his inept papacy, we might as well invite ISIS into church to deliver the Sunday homily.


  9. Tom Fisher says:

    Hi Frere Rabit,

    I think your crack about ISIS is intemperate and inappropriate. Thumbs Down


  10. johnhenrycn says:

    Here’s what happens when we don’t follow Pope Francis’s advice to “respect others’ beliefs”:
    Somehow, I don’t think ISIS and Pope Francis agree about the meaning of ‘respect’.

    I respect other religions, which is not to say I’m less than 100% Catholic. I have a yarmulke and go the Synagogue occasionally with the Jew who gave it to me – not to participate, mind, but to observe and to honour our roots. Does any Catholic have a problem with that? I’m even looking forward to visiting this magnificent Hindu Temple, situated about an hour’s drive from my home and, moreover, would welcome the chance to visit an important mosque if the opportunity should arise. Respect does not mean acceptance.


  11. mmvc says:

    Here’s the context of Pope Francis’ “Top Ten Secrets for Happiness”, JH:

    I’ve no idea what type of magazine “Viva” is, but the fact that these beatitudes contain little or no reference to Our Lord suggests it’s a secular publication…

    Perhaps that’s why this list provoked some consternation amongst those of us who would like to see our Holy Father speak about (and guide everyone to) the Catholic Faith which is the source of the only true and lasting happiness in this life and the next.


  12. mmvc says:

    Here you’ll find the unabridged version of Louie’s top ten:


  13. Tom Fisher says:


    I suspect that he responded within the context of the question. He spoke about certain characteristics of a good and charitable life with the intention of speaking to the common humanity of people of different religious traditions, and the non-religious.

    In addressing an audience which is not receptive to the Faith in terms which that audience can respond to, he is stepping out into the world and engaging people who he would never reach otherwise.

    Pope Francis has a great deal to say to the Church which is more along the lines you and I might prefer. Fr. Z (for one) has frequently pointed out that Pope Francis is diligent in his reminders of the necessity of going to confession, and being aware of the actions of Satan in the world.

    But reaching out to an otherwise inattentive audience has its place to methinks


  14. mmvc says:

    ‘But reaching out to an otherwise inattentive audience has its place to methinks’

    Indeed, that’s the evangelisation all the faithful are in fact called to: to reach out to an inattentive audience in Truth. Perhaps this is a greater challenge in our times than it has ever been… All the more reason to pray for each other and above all for the Holy Father.


  15. toadspittle says:

    “If that list is really the Pope‚Äôs 10 tips, rather than a satire on his inept papacy,”

    Doesn’t The Holy Ghost choose the Pope?
    If so, shouldn’t we be calling Him “inept,” and sniggering at Him?


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