“We were meant to live for so much more, have we lost ourselves?” We’ve seen that we all want to be happy, but we can never find a happiness that completely satisfies us. We’re always looking for something more. Or we do find something that makes us happy, but it fades away or it leaves us (feelings change or people grow apart or pass away). Or are we then condemned to desire something that does not exist?
Heaven is the answer to the question. Some day, I will be happy with the only one who can really make me happy: God. In fact, it is God who has given me all of these little things that make me happy. Just think about colors. What a gift from God that the universe is so beautiful, made up of so many rich and vivid colors. Yet God doesn’t want us to place all of our heart in those things because we were not created so as to be happy with anything – or anyone – less than God.
Sin is choosing these little “bits of happiness” for ourselves, against God. That is why when we get to know God, He first starts to try to get rid of the sin in our lives and in our hearts. It’s like a vessel full of vinegar; you have to empty it out and clean it up before you can add something sweet, like honey (St. Augustine). Yet God also tries to get us to let go of everything in this world so that our hearts may be only His. Those things aren’t bad, but we have to make sure that we don’t love them more than God. We have to set our hearts on heaven.
C.S. Lewis explains it nicely in his book Mere Christianity: “The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.”
My name is Sr. Caitlin Maria of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I’m from Buffalo, New York and I was interested in Politics and International Relations. I understood in my heart that God wanted me to be all His when I was in college. How did I know? Mother Teresa put it clearly: When God calls someone, deep down, in her heart, that soul knows. I hope that God helps me to never live one day without giving my all. At the end of my life, I’ll be happiest if I will have let Our Lady help me to become what I was meant to be, thus setting the world on fire.