.- The archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said this week Christians are called to look for complete happiness, âwhich begins here and reaches its fullness in the final encounter with God.â During a homily at Mass at the archdiocesan cathedral, the Cardinal pointed out that few people know what happiness is and how to obtain it. He said it âcannot be boughtâ and that many people canât find meaning in their lives because they base everything on money, pleasure and power, and they even fall into the mistake of seeking after cults and gurus who âpromise a path to light and happiness.â
Cardinal Rivera explained that one of the greatest indicators of whether a person understands âthe difficult art of knowing how to live,â is a personâs interior happiness.
He recalled that, âLife is full of problems and conflicts.â Nevertheless, todayâs society âteaches us to find happiness in the wrong ways,â which lead us âto live in a miserable fashion.â
Therefore, referring to the Beatitudes, the cardinal said they âinvite us to ask ourselves whether or not we have our lives in orderâ and to get rid of what is wrong in our lives.
âIt is a lie that Christians are called to live renouncing and sacrificing themselves for sake of sacrificing, that they should resign themselves to live a life less happy than that of others.â
He said they are called instead to âlive with a simpler heart, with an interior purity, without so much desire and anxiety to accumulateâ and to be âmore attentive to those who suffer,â trusting in God who âloves unconditionally.â