Blessed To Be Happy


“That’s amazing!” Herman said. “Who would’ve thought that’s what blessed really means!”

Herman had been reading a series of commentaries on the book of Matthew. One of the writers said that being happy had very little to do with fun and laughter.

Classically, the meaning of happy was about receiving a blessing. A happy person was a blessed person!


In the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7), Jesus begins with what we might call the “punchline.” He starts His great, salvation message with a discussion on blessedness.

The Beattitudes, as they are called, reveal the secret for receiving the ultimate blessing, which is happiness. This secret is central to the Gospel.


Herman had gone back to the beginning of chapter five in Matthew to reread the Beattitudes. The commentaries were right. He could see it.

The blessings Jesus spoke of were a road map to lasting happiness. It turns out that happiness is not tied to external circumstances. It’s about a life informed by the Beattitudes.

At a personal level, Herman understood that you don’t turn a corner in life just because you’ve learned something new. He realized that learning the true meaning of happiness was accompanied by a responsibility to set some new goals.

The little mouse would practice living the Beattitudes, one beattitude at a time. He was determined to get better. He would become familiar with his own happiness, even if he never did become perfect. Herman would grow in happiness day-by-day, being blessed as he shared his blessings with others.

So old Fyodore Dostoevsky wasn’t joking. A lot of happy people don’t know how happy they are because they’ve never stopped to count their blessings. And not knowing their blessings, they don’t pass those blessings on to others.


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ!

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