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Liz Kasameyer

Carly Andrews - published on 03/20/14 - updated on 06/07/17


St Teresa of Avila
Dream that the more you struggle, the more you prove the love that you bear your God, and the more you will rejoice one day with your Beloved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end.


St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

It seems to me that the happiness of a soul consists entirely in conforming to the most adorable Will of God; for in so doing the heart finds peace and the spirit joy and repose, since he "who is joined to the Lord in one spirit" with Him. (1 Cor. 6:17).

and again…

My greatest happiness is to be before the Blessed Sacrament, where my heart is, as it were, in Its centre.


St. Claude de la Colombière

Understand what the will of the Lord is, so that doing it you may receive the promise, that is to say eternal happiness, for it is written the world with its lust is passing away, but he who does the will of God abides forever." 

St. Paul of the Cross

Happy the heart that keeps itself on the cross, in the arms of the Well-Beloved, and that burns only with divine love!

St. Vincent de Paul

It is God Himself who receives what we give in charity, and is it not an incomparable happiness to give Him what belongs to Him, and what we have received from His goodness alone?

Mother Teresa

Joy is prayer – Joy is strength – Joy is love – Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

Psalms 16:11

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

And the last but my no means the least, Mary Queen of Heaven

My soul glorifies the Lord, *

my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.

He looks on his servant in her lowliness; *

henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

The Almighty works marvels for me. *

Holy his name!

His mercy is from age to age, *

on those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength *

and scatters the proud-hearted.

He casts the mighty from their thrones *

and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things, *

sends the rich away empty.

He protects Israel, his servant, *

remembering his mercy,

the mercy promised to our fathers, *

to Abraham and his sons for ever.

***

In my own (very small) experience, I have found that my glimpses of profound happiness have been in those terrifying but remoulding moments when, after the habit of prayer finally takes hold, I have been confronted with an awareness of my own failings, which has plunged me into the abyss of nothingness; a place of complete terror; but from which I see before me the light of life in the figure of Jesus Christ.

Then, in letting go my hollow shell of a being – in opening my heart in utter abandonment to the Lord – through His grace He brings me into life in Him; a union in the Holy Trinity.

And in losing myself in this profound interpenetration, I feel myself entering into a true living self, a true personal identity in Christ; true freedom, true love, true happiness.

My heart is burned with His love. My spirit soars free.

I live inasmuch as I live in relation to Him, inasmuch as I life for Him, and by consequence, for my fellow brothers and sisters. 

Such Joy! Such blissful happiness!

But why oh why can’t I stay in this state always?!  As St Paul says: "I do not understand my own behaviour; I do not act as I mean to, but I do things that I hate……. the good thing I want to do, I never do; the evil thing which I do not want – that is what I do."  [Romans 7:15-19]

But thankfully, he also has the answer: "[it is] about my weaknesses that I am happiest of all to boast, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me; and that is why I am glad of weaknesses, insults, constraints, persecutions and distress for Christ’s sake, For it is when I am weak that I am strong". [2 Corinthians 12: 9-10] 

On this International Day of Happiness, my bet’s on Christ.

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