The Happy Life

Forbid it, O Lord, put it far from the heart of thy servant, who confesses to thee–far be it from me to think I am happy because of any and all the joy I have. For there is a joy not granted to the wicked but only to those who worship thee thankfully–and this joy thou thyself art. The happy life is this–to rejoice to thee, in thee, and for thee. This it is and there is no other. But those who think there is another follow after other joys, and not the true one. –St. Augustine, Confessions

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