The Path of Life

The Path of Life

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

True happiness

A word from St. Augustine:

Search out the life of happiness. Ask for it from the Lord our God.

Many have discussed at great length the meaning of happiness, but we do not need to go to them and their long drawn-out discussions. Holy Scripture says concisely and with truth:
Happy is the people whose God is the Lord.
We are meant to belong to that people, and to be able to see God and live with him forever, and so the object of this command is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience and a sincere faith.

In these three qualities, "a good conscience" stands for "hope." Faith, hope, and love bring safely to God the person who prays--that is, the person who believes, who hopes, who desires, and who ponders what he is asking of the Lord when he says:
Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdome come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day
our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

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