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The pope's top 10 rules for happiness

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 4, 2014 (Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi) Pope Francis recently spoke to a reporter in his native Argentina about the secret to happiness.  Here are his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to life, along with my comments on each.

Rule #1: "Live and let live."  The pope believes everyone should be guided by this principle, akin to an expression in Rome, "Move forward and let others do the same."  He is right, of course—none of us can make life's decisions for others.  It took me years to discover that human words cannot change human hearts.  Only the Holy Spirit can convict of sin, save souls, and transform lives.  We are each responsible for our own relationship with our Lord and with others.  We can pray for others, but we must then trust them to God.

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The business of abortion

Award was given to Aurora, CO Planned Parenthood clinic for exceeding abortion visits first half of fiscal year 2012 compared to first half of fiscal year 2013 (Credit: Undisclosed former Planned Parenthood employee) It seems apparent to me that all abortion clinics are daily dealing with an enormous conflict of interest.  In order for a clinic to keep its doors open and pay its employees, it must generate income.  How does it generate income?  By performing a profitable medical procedure ending the life of a not-yet-born child: abortions.  

This is even more complicated for Planned Parenthood because they accept millions of dollars of taxpayer money from the federal government.  If they perform and report more abortions, they will potentially receive more funding.  When a business that provides a profitable service meets with a new potential client, do you think they try to sell their service or convince the client that the service is not in their best interest and walk them out the door?

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KFC and Starbucks: 3 ways to change culture

A Kentucky Fried Chicken store in Boulder City, Nevada, late at night, empty of customers, after closing. THIS IS NOT THE STORE referenced in the story (Credit: Allen via Flickr)A KFC employee in Jackson, Mississippi has been accused of asking a three-year-old girl to leave the restaurant because her facial injuries were disturbing to other customers.  Victoria Wilcher was attacked by pit bulls at her grandfather's home last April.  The dogs broke her nose, jaws, cheekbones and right eye socket.  She lost her right eye; the right side of her face is paralyzed.

Her grandmother, Kelly Mullins, recently took Victoria to a KFC restaurant, where she ordered mashed potatoes.  Mullins says, "I sat down at the table and started feeding her and the lady came over and said we'd have to leave because we were disturbing her other customers.  Victoria's face was disturbing the other customers.  I never thought anyone would act like that."

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