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Happiness 101

Happy Face 101I found a list of quotes about happiness recently while wandering aimlessly around the Internet.

Happiness has always been a subject that has fascinated me. As a deacon in a busy parish, I have been privileged to be able to celebrate with over 500 families the baptism of their children.

The Rite of Baptism starts with two questions. The first is straight forward, and I tell parents that if they fail to answer this question correctly they cannot go any further.

“What name do you give your child?”

The next question, however, is not so easy, although there is a particular answer, we are looking for as the required response. The question:

“What do you ask of God’s church for your child?”

According to the book, the answer is ‘baptism’ but there are at times parents who look confused by the question.

There have been many occasions when a parent looks at me and answers this query with the word “Happiness.”

I usually respond that the Church cannot guarantee ‘happiness’ as part of the sacrament of baptism. In fact, you as a parent cannot guarantee happiness for your child.

On this Thanksgiving Day here in Canada it is customary to wish others a “Happy” Thanksgiving. So today I want to start a series of posts I will tag as Happiness 101.

These will be some quotes on happiness from others who have offered their take on this at times illusive human emotion. On this day of giving thanks, here is the first thought from a fellow wanderer on the subject of happiness:

Thoreau

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