Holding Onto Happiness

Yesterday, someone at the offices of Catholic New York put out a few Magificat magazines.  For those unfamiliar with that publication, it has the daily readings for Mass for the month, among other inspirational short features. Among them this time was a list of quotations from saints.  I’m always on the lookout for a good quote, and this was chock full of inspirational ones.


One of them, from St. Maximilian Kolbe, really struck me.  St. Maximilian said, “Shall the urge for complete and total happiness, inherent to human nature, be the only need to remain unfulfilled and unsatisfied?  No, even this longing can be fulfilled by the infinite and eternal God.” 


It reminds me of how often I am searching for something to make me happy—generally through food, shopping, or other means.  Young adults, I think, are always on the search for the quick fix for happiness that can also take the form of alcohol, drugs or sex.  But those things don’t provide happiness; and if they do, it is only for the briefest of moments.


True happiness comes from God.  It took me a long time to learn to see this, and it is a lesson that I am still learning and trying to absorb in my own life. 


Are there any quotes from saints that really speak to you right now in your life?  Please share. 


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