POPE JOHN XXIII’S DAILY DECALOGUE

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

Pope John XXIII served as Pope from 1958 to1963 and was canonized on April 27, 2014.)

He is most noted for convoking the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, which was inaugurated on October 11, 1962, at St Peter’s Basilica.

But I best remember him for his promulgation of The Daily Decalogue.

  1. Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.
  2. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behaviour; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.
  3. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.
  4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

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4 Replies to “POPE JOHN XXIII’S DAILY DECALOGUE”

  1. Shannon Williams says: Reply

    As a convert to Catholicism, I only knew his historical role in Church history. This makes me want to get to know him. Thank you for the introduction.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Hi Shannon, I’ve been a convert for 24 years and I’m still getting tons of things wrong. I first posted the title of this as John Paul XXIII’s Daily Decalogue…a reader had to point out his name is Pope John XXIII…Thanks for reading and I’m glad I whetted your appetite to know more.

  2. Ingrid Christensen says: Reply

    Thank you Heather! Perfect timing for me as my work schedule recently changed and I have been praying about how to use my new amount of “unclaimed” time for the best!

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Ha, there ya go, Ingrid: this gives us all something to work on!

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