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24 August 2014: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

You are Peter, to you I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven

  1. Pope Francis waves to the crowd“Live and let live.” The first step to peace and happiness is following the ancient advice of the Romans: “Campa e fascia campà,” or “live and let live.”
  2. “Be Giving of yourself to others.” The Pope believes that charity extends beyond money and includes giving one’s time to someone who needs it.
  3. “Move quietly.” Pope Francis’ third piece of advice is: moving calmly and slowly through life.
  4. “Have a healthy sense of leisure.” People who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, and play a sport.
  5. “Sunday is for family.” Once a week, people should take a break from their working lives to spend time with their families.
  6. “Find ways to make jobs for young people.” Jobs don’t only give person money — they confer dignity. Last May, the Pope said in a homily: “Power, money, culture do not give us dignity. Work, honest work, gives us dignity.”
  7. “Respect Nature.” Pope Francis questioned: “Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?”
  8. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.” Instead of talking about others who frustrate us, Francis advises that it’s healthy to let negative things pass quickly and quietly.
  9. “Stop Proselytizing.” “The worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes,” the Pope said. In Francis’ eyes, we shouldn’t talk with others with the sole goal of persuading them that we’re right.
  10. “Work for Peace.” Pope Francis said that working for peace must be proactive, and never quiet: “Peace is the language we must speak,” he said.

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