Thought of the Day February 6, 2017

By 9:35 AM

"Ask Christ to help you become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ's example, I forgive my
persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as fruitful rain." (St Paul Miki) Who among us does not want to be happy? But where is true and lasting happiness found? In our relationship with the person who is the source of happiness, Jesus Christ! Happiness is a fruit of this relationship. If we are in union with him, we choose to do what pleases him, to follow his example. The more we reflect his love, his forgiveness, his obedience, the happier we will be, even in the midst of suffering. This has been the witness of the countless martyrs over the centuries. They were not seeking death. They were seeking life forever in him who is the source of life. In him they rejoiced; in him they found peace and love. If we want authentic and enduring happiness turn to the Lord in the embrace of loving friendship.

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