Happiness

While sales of novels, short stories and biographies wax and wane, one constant in the world of publishing seems to be that there is an ever-growing demand for self-help books. Titles that promise to show you how to fix your life, or at least whatever part of it that might seem to be broken, fill the “Mind, Body, Spirit” sections of bookshops. Few, though, of these titles are written from a specifically Christian perspective. The Catholic Truth Society hopes to change that, with a new...
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Just recently, when I was a teenager, I used to spend a lot of time volunteering at a home for adults with severe mental disabilities - people who as a result of accident of birth or disease had brain injuries and so had the bodies of adults, but the minds of children.And one day we took a group of them to a Safari Park. For anyone who hasn’t been, that is a kind of zoo where the animals are kept free to roam around the parkland and the visitors drive through in vehicles. It’s...
The spiritual quest starts with our desires, asking, "What do I really want  in my  life?"  St Ignatius  Our  desires  are pivotal  to our search. We often look for the right things in the wrong places, and some pay for it the rest of their lives. Unlike what many people think today, Ignatius would not rate "being happy" as the most important desire to have and possess.  He was not against joy;  it’s just that he would argue against what we...
Smiling Man
The Gospels often speak of joy. Yet few things are so misunderstood: which means we are often left chasing the wrong things in life. Too often we confuse joy with good cheer or with a certain rallying of the spirit that we try to crank up when we go to a party or let off steam.  We tend to think of joy as quite separate from the ordinary time in our lives, when duty, work, tiredness, worries, and pressures of all kinds keep us from enjoying life, we suppose, and from being as cheerful and...