I have identified two termini of the human life: relative in one’s own happiness and absolute in God.

This is how they differ: own happiness is of the self; God is the connection between self and everything else, especially through the mutual indwelling of charity but also through knowledge and power.

Absence of either would make life meaningless; presence of both assures meaning.

Through union with God, one comes to be in all, and all in him. No thing is beyond a man’s purview, as though irrelevant. But having thus provisionally grasped the infinite, the world without end, man finds life’s meaning in the pursuit of happiness in it.


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