What is a Happy Life?

St. Augustine argued that everyone in the world longs for happiness, but that for many it is intangible and elusive.

Is happiness having everything you desire? No, because even if you had everything you desired, you would still fear tomorrow, when you might lose everything you possess. You would technically lose happiness before you even lost your possessions simply from the fear of tomorrow. Therefore, riches and possession cannot be true happiness.

The only One we can posses, without being afraid of losing, is the Lord Himself. He is not merely a source of happiness, but he is rather happiness himself. We can behold him eternally, and happiness would be attached to us an live inside us forever.

St. Augustine

Happy are the people whose God is the LORD! (Psalm 144:15)

– Reflections from “An Invitation to a Happy Life” by Fr. Tadros Malaty

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