I have long believed that you cannot live a dual life and find happiness. You life must be coherent to have meaning. The Pope spoke yesterday of many who try to live with one foot in faith and one foot outside of it, trying to have things both ways.
Your faith cannot be a mere aspect of your being. If you live it properly, it is the wellspring from which everything you do and everything you are is brought to life. That does not mean it is your only interest or the only thing you ever talk about. God forbid! You would soon become an oppressive scold. But when you contemplate that God made all things, that all things made by God are good, it enlivens all you do and gives it meaning and purpose. If you are taking out the garbage or doing the dishes it can be pretty mundane. But if you do it as an offering to God and in quiet thanksgiving to Him for the bounty He gives which gives you such abundance to care for, it becomes prayer – and a particularly lovely prayer. Best of all, joy will find you and set up housekeeping in your spirit.
Truly, if you can begin to live in a way where you believe that God is your only audience, even the toughest, most difficult challenges will become an opportunity for real peace and real gratitude.
Here, then, the Pope’s comments from yesterday: