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We are apt to be enormously impressed by new wisdom: we are apt to forget how often it is the timely recovery of some old wisdom which meets the needs of the moment. Again, we are apt to think that tradition is inevitably a thing which enslaves and holds in bondage. In truth, tradition can be a gloriously liberating thing for us. It frees us from the dominance of some passing fad or fashion or enthusiasm; it liberates us into a larger realm wherein we are free from the tyranny of both today and yesterday.
Archbishop Michael Ramsey (1904-1988), Durham Essays and Addresses.

Pope Francis’s 10 New ‘Commandments’ for a Happy Life


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  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. "Sunday is for family."

  6. Be “creative” with young people and find innovative ways to create dignified jobs.

  7. Respect and take care of nature.

  8. Stop being negative. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”

  9. "The worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes."

  10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars. The call for peace must be shouted.”

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We must expect and we must pray that the presence of the Christian community in the world will make for peace and reconciliation, for the divine leavening of civilisation. But whenever catastrophes seem even possible, then there must be no doubt in the Church’s mind as to what are the things chiefly to be hated and dreaded: and what a Christian hates and dreads most is not that the world may end or that we ourselves may go out of it in death, but that any man or woman or child made for fellowship with God the Creator and Father should be separated from him by sin.
Archbishop Michael Ramsey (1904-1988), quoted in Through the Year with Michael Ramsey
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