NOTHING WORLDLY OR EXTERNAL
CAN LESSEN OR ADD TO HAPPINESS
If so, one can be happy while
grieving or in pain. While in pain, on e can display the sweetness of a good
conscience and, therefore, it serves as a proof that pain does not lessen
the pleasure of virtue.
As with pain, so also the
pleasures of the body and the enjoyment it experiences add nothing to
virtue. Thus, Paul counted all things " . . .as dung. . ."
Thus, Moses felt he was not
rich while a prince of Egypt; neither did he feel poor as a castaway among
Virtue dictates that it is
better to be rich for others than for oneself. Thus, Elijah fed himself upon
one meal but enriched the widow so that her meal and oil failed not for
three years and six months.
Riches, indeed, gives no
assistance to happiness. But poverty, pain and hunger, which are considered
evil, not only are not hindrances but are actually many helps toward
St. Ambrose: Duties
of the Clergy, Bk. II, Chap. 4