February 13, 2021
The Gospel doesn’t make sense if we are only thinking of our earthly life. Jesus reveals the fullness of life without end that He created us for.
- John Mary recounts the story of the 1596 Christian martyrs of Japan. For more information, go to kirishtan.com.
- Eternal life or everlasting life is a supreme happiness, happiness without end, not found in anything created, earthly or passing.
- The more one loves the things of this world, the farther he is from happiness. Lasting happiness is not to be attained in this world.
- Catechism says that this life that we hold on to so much has so many miseries and can be so difficult that is should be called death than life.
- The principal cause of supreme happiness is the vision of God, to see God as He is. The greatest honor is to be a friend, son and brother of God.
- To be poor in spirit is to put the love for God above all so we are not excessively attached to the things of this world, but can appreciate all the goods of this world in their proper place.
The Beatitudes provide a key to what is meant by happiness in eternal life. What do we mean by life everlasting when we recite the Creed? We don’t just mean existence that doesn’t end, we mean eternal, everlasting happiness, supreme happiness.
The Catechism says, “so far are the goods of this life from conferring real happiness, that on the contrary, the more one loves the things of this world, the farther he is from real happiness.” “For it is written, do not Love the world, neither the things that are in the world.” The principal cause of supreme happiness is this vision of God, to see God as He is.