Boston Catholic Journal
 

“Salus animarum supemus lex esto” — the salvation of souls … must be the supreme law in the Church.” Canon Law (1752)
 

Suggested Reading:


The Problem
of Evil

The Problem of Evil: Exonerating God

Exonerating God


CCD

CCD: Crisis in Catholic Doctrine

Crisis in
Catholic Doctrine:

the Grave State of Religious Education in America



Boston Catholic Journal

Write us:

editor@boston-catholic-journal.com

Boston Catholic Journal
 


Go ahead ... try it!


 

 

Pope Francis's 10 Step Program to Happiness without God

 

Francis’s Ten Step Program to Happiness without God

 

Not long ago, 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 small achievement.

 The 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 invokes:

  • God

  • Scripture

  • Heaven

  • Faith

  • Hope

  • Charity

  • Love

  • Religion

  • The Old Testament

  • The New Testament

  • Anything that Jesus Christ did, said, taught, or commanded.

 

THE FORMULA FOR HAPPINESS — according to Francis:

 

1. “Live and let live.”

2. “Be giving of yourself to others.”

3. “Proceed calmly” in life.

4. Have “a healthy sense of leisure.”

5. “Sundays should be holidays.” Spend Sundays with family and friends.

6. “Create dignified jobs for young people.”

7. “Respect and take care of nature.”

8. “Stop being negative.”

9. “Respect others' beliefs.”

10. “Work for peace.”
 

No, this 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 to.

 

Psychadelic happiness  “And no religion, too”

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 here . It is, arguably, the anthem of post-Christian man
. “Imagine”!

 

Different — by a Quantum Leap

 Quite 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 us?

Answer: God made us to show forth His goodness and to share with us His everlasting happiness in Heaven.

 

Question 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.
 

Question 6. Q. Why did God make you?

Answer: 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. 

 

Editor
Boston Catholic Journal
May 27 2017

   Printable PDF Version

Comments? Write us:  editor@boston-catholic-journal.com

 

 

Editor
Boston Catholic Journal

   Printable PDF Version

 

 

 

Boston Catholic Journal

 

 


 


 


Search the Boston Catholic Journal


FREE CATHOLIC
AUDIO
LIBRARY


Free Catholic Audio Library
Download Catholic Prayers
and more


The End

Archbishop Fulton Sheen - The Fourth Great Crisis in the Church - The End of Christendom

of Christendom

“The Fourth Great Crisis
of the Church”

 Why the  Church
— and the West
are withering

An audio presentation


The Little Office

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

of the
Blessed Virgin Mary


Saint Michael the Archangel

Prayer to Saint Michael against satan


Novena to St Jude

 Novena to St Jude Printable 4-fold with one piece of paper
Printable Booklet
on 1 sheet
of paper, 4-fold, free


With Mary in the Rose Garden
Mary Immaculate, Mother of God
Reflections on the Rosary
with a Poor Clare Nun and Padre Pio


The Baltimore Catechism

Discover what the Church really teaches
Download the PDF

Thoughts in Passing about our Holy Catholic Faith

Thoughts in Passing
on our Life in Faith


The Practice of the Presence of God
by
 Brother Lawrence

Complete Audio Files


Father Michael Schmitz

Father Mike Schmitz — Homilies

A Passion for Preaching


Pope Saint Pius X
Pray for us

Pope St. Pius X Pray for us

“I shall spare myself neither care nor labor nor vigils for the salvation of souls”

 

  

Boston Catholic Journal
 

Totally Faithful to the Sacred Deposit of Faith entrusted to the Holy See in Rome

 Scio opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum 
I know your works ... that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My Name. (Apocalypse 3.8)


 

Copyright © 2004 - 2018 Boston Catholic Journal. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise stated, permission is granted by the Boston Catholic Journal for the copying and distribution of the articles and audio files under the following conditions:
No additions, deletions, or changes are to be made to the text or audio files in any way, and the copies may not be sold for a profit. In the reproduction, in any format of any image, graphic, text, or audio file, attribution must be given to the Boston Catholic Journal.