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MUST READ: Pope Francis’s 10 Rules On How To Live Long


The Down-to-earth pope wrote this (below) in Argentine weekly �Viva”, Read Below;

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.”

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.

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,” 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.

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,”

10. Work for peace. �We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and �the call forpeace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.


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