The 21st Century has brought about technological advancements that have transformed our lives on every front; something previous generations have only dreamt about. We can get in touch with all of our loved ones, from one corner of the world to another, using various video calling technologies. We can fly to Europe for a meeting and be back home in time for dinner with the family. While we enjoy many blessings technology has brought about, we also experience its downside at the same time. We lead busier lives than ever before and although we can do more, technology has done very little to help us with our family and spiritual lives. In fact, technology has done a disservice to humanity by making us believe that we can be more by doing more and by having more.
If our lives are so busy to the extent that we have no time to spend with God in prayer or no time to have dinner with our family, then we are living a life that is not intended by God. Yes, God wants us to flourish and be happy in life; but God’s desire for us in our lives – our primary task – is to be holy. We can only be holy if we love God above all else, and only if our lives are rooted in God’s Commandments.
Made in the image and likeness of God, we are not only made to be holy, but happy as well. And we can only be happy if we are in harmony with God and His Commandments. It took St. Augustine of Hippo many years to realize this until he finally said, “Our hearts are restless, until they rest in You!”
Today I would like to share a very inspiring quote from St. John Paul II. I encourage you to take some time to read and reflect on his profound insight.
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else
you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you
with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to
shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the
choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with
your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by
mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves
and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”