Do you dream of happiness?

Do you dream of happiness?

Going home for the holidays and trying to spread the love of Christ is actually harder than it sounds. Many times during our Christmas break, I felt that I failed to love. I just didn’t understand how I could love people that I don’t even know more than my own family and friends at times. I have come to realize that we have a different idea of happiness than the world. For example, I desire to strive towards sainthood – for my being to radiate His love for His people. Whether or not God graces me with the vocation of the sacrament of marriage or to serve Him in His holy priesthood, I will still serve Him in the most radical way that I know how.

“If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it!” (1 Corinthians 9:16) If we radically LOVE and radically preach the Gospel, then we will be filled with true happiness – the happiness that lies not in Snuggies nor Lamborghinis or even happy meal toys, but in Jesus Christ alone and his saving Grace.

Do you dream of happiness?

It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness, he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you;he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.-JP2

I want to die for Christ. I want myself to be no more. Since Mexico my desire is so much more not of this world now. Living a life of ignorance and doing whatever I want is not freedom. It is in fact being enslaved to sin. The Ten Commandments are not guidelines and when I wake up having that feeling of emptiness and feeling full of despair, I know that there is only one the that can fill that emptiness. There is only one remedy. He healed lepers, hung out with the poor, prostitutes, and tax collectors and He desires you more than anything else. He is waiting for you..He is pursing you…Come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He is calling you, He is calling me.

JDH

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