PODCAST | The School of Happiness

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In this podcast, Msgr. Dolan reflects on how “our spiritual life is a school of happiness where we learn how to be happy, no matter what.” The Christian way of life involves great difficulty and sacrifice, yet as the Apostles understood, “nothing could compare with the joy of a life with Jesus.” Jesus teaches us what it means to be really and truly happy.

Msgr. Dolan also explains that our life of prayer sharpens our vision of the things that really matter and helps us protect that happiness that the Lord wants for us. Therefore, the more clearly we set our sights on goals that move our heart, the better our chances of forging ahead without minding the difficulties.

As St. Josemaria said, “To be happy, what you need is not an easy life but a heart in love” (Furrow, no. 795). A strong heart always fixed on the goal can struggle for Love until the end.

In this podcast, you will also hear how:

  • The more clearly we set our sights on goals that move our heart, the better our chances of forging ahead without paying attention to the difficulties.
  • Ensuring our joy and peace depends more on what we truly want and less on the petty tyrannies of the moment.
  • Patience is neither naïve optimism nor resignation. It is the attitude of the free person whose love is unfailing and whose sight is always set on the goal.
Rev. Msgr. Frederick Dolan Rev. Msgr. Frederick Dolan

Msgr. Frederick Dolan, a native of Bethesda, Maryland, was ordained a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei in 1983. He has worked in Rome, New York City, South Bend (Indiana) and New Haven (CT). Since 1998 he has resided in Montreal and currently carries out his pastoral ministry in Canada. [ YouTube ]

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