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*Image: Christ appearing to Saint Peter on the Appian Way (Domine, Quo Vadis?) by Annibale Carracci, 1601-02 {National Gallery, London]

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing, April 26, 2023

Michael Pakaluk, an Aristotle scholar and Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, is a professor in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America. …

The Wall Street Journal ran a story last week with the headline, “They’re the Happiest People in America.  We Called to Ask Them Why.”   If you, as a Catholic, clicked through to the story, to find out why, you are a fool.  Because there’s nothing you can learn from it; you might even be deceived.

There is probably no clearer teaching of the Church than what happiness is, and how to be happy.  Happiness is our chief goal, the ultimate purpose of our life.  We have a natural desire for happiness, the Catechism teaches, which “God has placed in the human heart in order to draw man to the One who alone can fulfill it.” (1718) …