The Immaculate was given by God to man as a sublime exemplar in his earthly pilgrimage, so that under Her guidance, he might not seek happiness in the passing goods of this world, but in Jesus, the only true Good.

Faith and reason show us that man’s dignity, his greatness, is based on the fact that he has been created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26), and is called to a happiness that is not of this world, as the dissatisfaction in which man remains even when he possesses many goods demonstrates. Even those who declare themselves to be content with what they have often, if they come to be deprived of it, fall into unhappiness, and their words manifest more resignation than a fullness of joy. In short, they do not do otherwise than show the truth of that ancient saying: “A contented mind is a perpetual feast!“—an admonition to not desire more because such a desire would bring with it sufferings of every type. In truth, only an animal is truly “content” with what it has at any particular moment, for the simple reason that its senses are appeased… for the moment.


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