happiness

How Well Do We Carry the Catholic Brand?

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

When I give talks around the country or sometimes in correspondence with readers of my books or blog posts on Integrated Catholic Life, I am often asked what I mean when I encourage others to “be joyful” and share the “light of Christ” with others.  I am referring to the response I typically give when asked for effective ways to […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom

“Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.” (St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church) September 13 is the Memorial of St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (A.D. 349 – 407). Print this entry

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

“Lenten practices of giving up pleasures are good reminders that the purpose of life is not pleasure. The purpose of life is to attain to perfect life, all truth and undying ecstatic love—which is the definition of God. In pursuing that goal we find happiness. Pleasure is not the purpose of anything; pleasure is a by-product resulting from doing something […]

Advice on Happiness from the Smartest Man in the World

Imagine your son tells you he wants to become a priest. Would your heart soar and your soul praise God? Would you be torn; feeling happy he wants to serve God but lamenting the loss of potential grandchildren. Or would you pay for a prostitute in hopes of tempting him away from the priesthood? The last one is what St. […]

Embracing Life’s Irritations — The True Path To Happiness

I traipsed up the aisle with a baby on my hip and four little ducklings waggling behind just before the choir belted the first verse of Sing Ye To The Lord.  We stopped at the entrance of a pew and my Sunday-dressed brood filed into their seats.  I followed them in, dropped my overstuffed diaper bag, knelt and surveyed the […]

Are We Happy Yet?

Catechesis Corner – Are We Happy Yet Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles Dorothy, in The Wizard of Oz, followed her yellow brick road to find happiness. Charlie Brown summed up his thoughts on the topic of happiness with his statement, “Happiness is a warm puppy.” Ah, elusive happiness. Just when we think […]

Happy Lent!

Lent, happy?  But of course.  If Lent is meant to strengthen you spiritually and bring you closer to God, why wouldn’t it be a happy time?  It should be happy because it’s a holy time.  So, surely you should be wearing a big smile across your face until Easter. After forty days of increased holiness, you will be downright giddy […]

Our Happiness

The human heart is on a quest for happiness. Every person yearns for happiness like the desert yearns for rain. You have a desire for happiness, I have a desire for happiness. This desire is universal, common to every member of the human family. We simply desire to be happy, and we act from this desire. We often do things […]

Men on a Mission

I was looking at the Fathers for Good website this morning when I came across Joseph McInerney’s insightful article, Men on a Mission.  He makes the critical argument that men must look to Jesus Christ for our example if we are to find a different conception of happiness other than what our materialistic culture is offering.  This is good food […]