Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Bear Necessities

The Catholic blogosphere, with which the Bear proudly mingles electrons, is talking about the, well, lameness of Pope Francis' "Ten Ways to Be Happy." (P.S. the Bear hereby claims intellectual property rights for a book called "Pope Francis' 10 Keys to Happiness.") "Live and let live." The Bear thinks he heard Elton John say that.

For those of you still looking to the Pope for spiritual guidance, this must be quite a disappointment.

For everyone else the Bear offers his.

  1. nail your foot to the floor in front of your favorite pew and die there
  2. pray on a regular daily basis, e.g. the Divine Office or other prayers
  3. read the Bible on a regular daily basis according to even a rudimentary plan (e.g. not just poke your finger to select a verse at random every morning over your cup of coffee)
  4. pray the rosary while meditating on the mysteries, and explore other traditional devotions
  5. serve God's Church as you can and are called
  6. have lots of children, and, sure, play with them
  7. make an honest living serving people and using your talents
  8. keep a clean conscience -- you really will sleep better
  9. have a hobby that lets you relax and experience "flow"
  10. pick your battles sparingly and wisely

You may or may not be happy, but you'll be on the right road. And if that doesn't work, there's always this:


  1. I like your "Keys to Happiness". Well thought out. I really like #1.

  2. Good advice, bear. Thank you!

  3. "Recall the 'Bear's Necessities'
    You read the 'Bear's Necessities'
    Now go and be with God for all your life

    Because those 'Bear Necessities'
    Will help a Catholic rest at ease
    And keep your heart and soul from sinful strife.'


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