I read a really amazing quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 1723 in regards to our vocation to beatitude:
The beatitude we are promised confronts us with decisive moral choices. It invites us to purify our hearts of bad instincts and to seek the love of God above all else. It teaches us that true happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or in any human achievement – however beneficial it may be – such as science, technology, and art, or indeed in any creature, but in God alone, the source of every good and of all love.
This got me thinking about the argument from desire. The fact that we all have innate and society imposed desires isn’t really controversial. The fact that anyone could search the world and not find perfect fulfillment in all things reveals that something beyond our finite world exists that we can be satisfied in. God is that Omnibenevolent highest God where man finds ultimate happiness in. As a result, we should seek God and pattern our lives on how He commands we should live. These commands aren’t meant to limit us, but instead, place us on the pathway to abundant life.
As the paragraph notes, we may fill this desire with a watered-down standard, but finding satisfaction in God alone is what we’re here for. Knowing God created man so that we may ultimately find happiness in Him is the matching desire that fulfills our quench for satisfaction in our finite world.
I had a priest tell me one time, “Focus on what God wants you to Be. Focus on the Beatitudes and the call to holiness you’re called to embrace.” In his advice, he showed that the Beatitudes help direct our freedom in moral decisions to love God above all things. Hence, why they’re read on All Saints Day, to help us reorient our lives to enter into God’s joy and charity as the Saints have shown us.
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