Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
21st May 2017
True Happiness And Where To Find It
by Rev. Fr. Narciso Irala S.J.
Happiness of this life is necessarily limited and
imperfect. False happiness invitations to pleasures,
riches, fun; but happiness is not there. Echoes whisper
to us from deep in its interior: "Vacuum, upset,
disgust". Riches do not satisfy. Nor should we confuse
pleasure with happiness. By equivocating them, many have
surrendered to vice, and found degradation, disgust,
sickness, remorse, premature death and a likelihood of
eternal damnation. Amusements and rounds of
entertainment promise but do not bring us real
fulfilment. There are so many young people who live
without an ideal and feel deeply the vacuum of their
lives. They would have done well to fill their lives
with the satisfaction of duty done, or sacrifice for a
noble cause. But they are satisfied to mask it with a
series of amusements or drown it in coarse laughter or
wild excitement. None of these roads lead to happiness.
True happiness is like a noble lady, calm and collected,
who dwells in the interior of the soul's castle, knowing
her real treasures and growing in appreciation of them.
She is often seen externally through the window of the
face when she clothes the human face with a smile. Her
smile is the bright vesture of a rational being,
something had neither by the animals nor the most
True happiness hides from us whenever we go after it out
of egoism or devotion to our own personal convenience.
But it comes running to meet us whenever we put aside
and, embracing what is noble, devote ourselves to duty,
virtue, the good of our neighbour, God. External events
scarcely affect this at all. These can certainly upset
us if we meet them unwisely. But an intelligent
appraisal of our external life situations should bring
us resignation, peace, and joy instead of resentment,
upset, and melancholy. The wise and happy person
discovers the inner meaning of everything and every
situation. He relates its value to help it can give us
in glorifying our infinitely good Creator and attaining
another, eternal and perfect, kind of happiness.
Happiness is noble and unselfish. Happiness is calm and
collected. There is no happiness in agitation and chaos.
Happiness is found in the innermost part of a rational
being. It is a deep satisfaction and unshakable peace.
Happiness is not caused by external events. For the same
outcome may bring resignation, peace and joy to some,
and sad despair to others. The Lady of the castle knows
and appreciates her real treasures and increases them.
Here we have the three psychical factors in true
happiness. The first factor has to do with our mind or
thoughts. By it we know or think about the great good
had or so to be had by us, and about the ways to
increase it. The second factor is executive. By love,
action and decision we preserve and even increase that
treasure. The third factor is connected with our
feelings and emotions. By it we feel and appreciate our
treasures. It is a matter of living, really living. The
nobler and more active the life, the greater its