The Essential of Happiness

“The essential of happiness,” Allan K. Chalmers wrote, “is having something to do, something to love and something to hope for.”

At the very outset of the liturgical year, the church presents a model of them all: a Child who lives only to do the will of God, who opens His arms to love the entire world, who lives in hope of the coming of the reign of God by giving His life to bring it. At the very outset of the year, we are given the model of how to be happy.

–from The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister (Thomas Nelson)

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