“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.” Brave New World
Let us listen for the Lord’s voice, so that we can reach his place of rest. Divine Office
I listen, Lord. I listen poorly; the only way I know how. But I listen. I wish to reach that place of rest. I wish to know and be at peace. I wish to find and stop looking. I wish to rest and stop searching. Can we reach that place in this life? Can we know, see, and find in this life? Is there any rest in this life? Must we only live for happiness in the next life? Must that happiness be ever elusive?
This is a common thought-trap. It is true that this world’s notion of happiness is often false, or at best misdirected. It is true that we cannot find complete happiness in this life, and we will never find lasting rest in this world, but there is a greater truth that we are forgetting.
…but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12
“Faith is not merely a personal reaching out towards things to come that are still totally absent: it gives us something. It gives us even now something of the reality we are waiting for, and this present reality constitutes for us a “proof” of the things that are still unseen. Faith draws the future into the present, so that it is no longer simply a “not yet”. The fact that this future exists changes the present; the present is touched by the future reality, and thus the things of the future spill over into those of the present and those of the present into those of the future.” Spe Salvi