Happiness Level Four – Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

Happiness Level Four is expressed in thoughts, words, and deeds. It needs all three expressions. We begin by turning our minds toward Christ, trying to fix our thoughts on Him. Our words and actions then proceed from our thought life. We begin then, by steering our thoughts toward God—seeking His words and His wisdom.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
– Colossians 3:1-4
PRAYER: Guide me by your wisdom, correct me with your justice, comfort me with your mercy, protect me with your power. I offer you, Lord, my thoughts—to be fixed on you; my words—to have you for their theme; my actions—to reflect my love for you; my sufferings—to be endured for your greater glory.

– From the Universal Prayer, Attributed to Pope Clement XI

APPLICATION: Today, I will take 10 minutes to do some spiritual reading from some good source like the Bible, lives of the Saints, a prayer book, or the Catechism.
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