Inspiration

Pope Francis Hangs 'No Complaining' Sign Outside His Door

"Stop complaining and get busy making your life better," the sign reads.
IMAGE WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Comments

There are various facets to Pope Francis’ wisdom. We get snippets of practical advice from his tweets via @Pontifex, spiritual guidance through his homilies, and character building lessons through the occasional TED Talk. As a public figure, it may feel as if we know him but hardly do we get a chance to see what the Pope is like behind closed doors.

However, a recently released photo sheds some light as to what he keeps in his private quarters. The Supreme Pontiff has shown off a lighter side by hanging on his door a sign that was given by author and psychologist Salvo Noe. Printed in red and white for emphasis, the Italian text translates to: “No Complaining.”

The complete signage reads:

NO COMPLAINING

Violators are under the influence of '"a victim" syndrome with a resulting decrease in a sense of humor and in the capacity to solve problems.

Punishment will be double if the violation is committed in the presence of children.

In order to become the best “you,” you must concentrate on your own potential and not on your own limitations.

Therefore: Stop complaining and get busy making your life better.

This reminder is hung on a door in his personal residence at Casa Santa Marta. A longtime friend of the Pontiff visited and saw the sign. He was so amused that he asked the Pope’s permission to share a photo of the signage, which Pope Francis agreed to.

It comes as no surprise that the Pope would live by these words. After all, this is the same Pope Francis who, as archbishop in Buenos Aires, chose to live in a small bedroom, cooked his own meals, and often focused his homilies on the subject of poverty. His simple lifestyle clearly reflects his teachings on humility and he’s constantly praised for sticking to a frugal life even after attaining the highest position in the Catholic Church.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

He’s preached about complaining in the past, as well. In September 2014, Pope Francis warned against exaggerating personal problems, especially while among those who are experiencing greater misfortune. “Faced with the complaints of so many people, of so many brothers and sisters who are in the dark, who have almost all memory, almost lost all hope—who are experiencing this exile from themselves, who are exiled, even from themselves, [our complaints are] nothing!”

During that daily mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha, His Holiness reminds listeners that “Our life is too easy, our complaints are overdramatized.”

h/t: uCatholic

Comments
About The Author
Hannah Lazatin
Senior Staff Writer
Hannah is a communications graduate from Ateneo de Manila University. She’s originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
View Other Articles From Hannah
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
The Prince had the sweetest reactions to Meghan's speech at the Together cookbook launch.
 
Share
He does everything from memorizing colorways to learning the exact measurements of shoeboxes.
 
Share
Once upon a time when couture was standard, these fashion masters were the ones trusted by Manila's elite.
 
Share
Seven notorious con men (and women) who were caught in the act.
 
Share
An elite group of artists are growing in influence and reach. Here's the key to cracking their codes.
 
Share
Let these broad strokes be your quick-test when governing the sometimes ungovernable.
 
Share
“Your age is less chronological and more attitudinal," she says.
 
Share
It will be the first lunar mission taken by humans since NASA sent Apollo 17 there in 1972.
 
Share
In the 1930s, its factory caught fire, which burnt down everything but aluminum.
 
Share
With Basquiats, Modiglianis, and Picassos going for upwards of $100 million, the stakes have never been higher.
 
Share
How one woman is taking on an rampant problem of counterfeit wines.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US